The live show for Little Mix: The Search has been cancelled (Picture: BBC)
The second live show for Little Mix: The Search has been cancelled at the last minute because Prime Minister Boris Johnson is holding an emergency coronavirus press conference.
Tonight the five remaining bands were due to battle it out to save their spot in the competition.
However, a BBC spokesperson confirmed to Metro.co.uk that the live show had been postponed because of the last-minute press conference being held at Downing Street.
Releasing a statement to its official Twitter account, a spokesperson for the show explained: ‘Little Mix: The Search has been postponed tonight for a BBC News Special.
‘The show will now become part of a big final event weekend, with the semi-final airing at 7pm on Friday 6th November, and the final at 6.05pm on Saturday 7th November.’
Next weekend the five groups – boyband New Priority, girl vocal group Nostalia, girl dance group Melladaze, RnB and Hip Hop group YChange, and live instrumental band Since September – will battle it out to be crowned the winner.
The winning band will then go on to support Little Mix in their UK tour next year.
The semi-final will be held on Friday instead (Picture: BBC)
The Prime Minister will hold a press conference today discuss new measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis.
He will be joined by chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty for the briefing, following a meeting of his Cabinet earlier in the afternoon.
It follows reports the country could be heading towards a second national lockdown as early as next week amid concerns hospitals across England are on the verge of being overwhelmed.
Mr Johnson has so far resisted calls to implement a nationwide ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown, opting instead for localised controls under the tier system.
But reports on Saturday suggest the PM is now considering closing everything except essential shops and education settings for a month from Wednesday in order to try and contain spiralling infections.
Little Mix The Search airs on BBC One.
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