Little Mix, who came to fame after winning The X Factor in 2011, are set to go back to their roots with a new TV talent show airing on BBC One next year.

It has been announced that the hugely popular girl group will be fronting the reality show, titled Little Mix The Search, as they go on the hunt for talented singers to become members of all-female, all-male or mixed bands.

The competing groups will live together and be mentored and guided by Little Mix as well as a team of vocal coaches, songwriters, producers, and stylists.

The girl band also confirmed that the winning group will be able to join them on their summer tour next year.

Little Mix said: "We want to create lots of incredible groups who really gel.

"As we have been there and done it ourselves, we know what it takes to make a group successful, and will be there to mentor them every step of the way. We want solo artists to audition as well as groups and every type of genre is welcome too.

"It's going to be really exciting and people can apply right now!"

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, added: "One of Britain's most popular all-female bands Little Mix will bring their magic to BBC One on Saturday nights in 2020 in a brand new show set to inspire the next generation of young artists."

Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall won the 2011 series of The X Factor as a group having been formed on the show after originally auditioning as solo singers.

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