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Little Mix and BBC 'plot rival talent show which could kill off the X-Factor'

Mirror logo Mirror 11/10/2019 Sam Elliott
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Little Mix could be the ones to hammer the nail into the X-Factor's coffin - much to the annoyance of the man who created them.

Simon Cowell flagship show is under threat from the pop stars, who are determined to move into television and the BBC are growing in confidence they will front a new talent series.

The 2011 winners are keen to rival their old boss with a fresh version which could ultimately sink the troubled ITV show.

Since the girls - Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirwall - won it eight years ago, X-Factor's ratings have spiralled.

Simon Cowell, Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson posing for the camera: Have you seen the girls performance of Move on US XFactor? Here they are backstage with the lovely Simon Cowell © instagram Have you seen the girls performance of Move on US XFactor? Here they are backstage with the lovely Simon Cowell

Contracts, according to The Sun , could be signed in the coming days.

The final of the 2018 series was watched by five million less than when Little Mix were crowned winners.

A source said: “This show is huge for Little Mix but it will be a massive blow for Simon.

Jesy Nelson et al. on a stage: Little Mix could be about to bite the hand that used to feed them © REX/Shutterstock Little Mix could be about to bite the hand that used to feed them “ The X Factor ’s viewing figures have fallen for years but this could be the nail in the coffin.

“Saturday night needs a new singing competition to freshen it up and, with Little Mix involved, this could well be it.

“ The girls will be mentoring youngsters. They’re hoping their experience will mean they can create a group which can forge a genuine career.

Simon Cowell standing in front of a stage: Simon has a lot of thinking to do © WENN Simon has a lot of thinking to do

“The groups will also be helped by people who have worked with Little Mix during their careers.”

Cowell hopes the new-look Celebrity X-Factor re-boot will win people over after falling ratings and a lack of interest in the last few years.

He said: "I think change in any aspect is good.

"Sometimes you've got to take a break of at least a year, two years, between signing one kind of group and then launching another.

a group of people posing for the camera: Little Mix are wanted by the BBC - and an agreement is said to be close © Instagram Little Mix are wanted by the BBC - and an agreement is said to be close

"It's the same with The X Factor . You can't just keep making the same show that it was 14 years ago and expect it to be the same show today.

"You've got to take a step back for a little while."

Cowell added: "It just felt so obvious to do a celebrity version. The only condition was I couldn't know who was going to be on it."

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