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Little Mix The Search – Why it’s not on telly this week

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After winning The X Factor back in 2011, Little Mix have enjoyed almost a decade of success, with awards, number-one singles and even their own reality TV music competition.

Little Mix The Search has been a breath of fresh air in a genre which has often felt akin to a public flogging at times, with countless auditionees subjected to mockery and abuse by both the judges and those tuning in.

Instead, Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade have taken a different approach, offering up words of wisdom and lashings of kindness to the hopefuls we’ve enjoyed performances from across the past three weekends.

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Now that the six bands have been assembled – rap and R&B, boyband, vocal and instruments, girl vocal, mixed group and girl dance – the next stage is all about the battle of the bands, the winner of which will join Little Mix on their upcoming ‘Confetti’ Tour.

Episode seven, which was the series’ first live show, was supposed to air tonight (Saturday, October 17), but it’s been postponed after several people on set tested positive for COVID-19.

“We can confirm that a small number of people on the Little Mix The Search production have tested positive for coronavirus and they are now self-isolating following the latest government guidelines,” the BBC said in a statement.

“Due to the format of the show we have made the decision to postpone Saturday’s programme. There are rigorous protocols in place to manage Covid-19 as the safety of all those involved in the production is paramount.”

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A representative for the band told The Sun that Little Mix themselves have “tested negative and do not need to isolate”, adding: “They will be regularly tested throughout the run of the series.”

It’s hoped that the show will be back on air on Saturday, October 24.

Chatting to Radio Times before The Search hit screens, Jesy said that The X Factor can often feel “like a script”, adding: “When they’re like, ‘This is going to be a sob story,’ then they’ll stop the song halfway through and ask if they have something else.

“We got so used to seeing that, it lost its authenticity.”

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Jade elaborated on that: “The minute it doesn’t seem real, you switch off. How am I meant to believe in it anymore? I could literally write it myself and tell you what’s coming next.

“When we created The Search, we wanted to make sure it was a new dawn of reality TV where authenticity is key.

“You can’t lie to people. People aren’t stupid.”

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Speaking of The X Factor, are there plans to bring it back despite a significant drop in its ratings?

The 2020 series was cancelled, and at the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival in August, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said that there’s a chance 2021 could also be off the cards.

“It’s not definitely returning – it might return, and if it does the format will tweak,” he said (via The Sun).

“I know it was the most successful entertainment show for the best part of a decade and you need to be wary of changes. We all think there were too many changes towards the end of the run, but I’m sure X Factor will be back at some stage.

“It’s really, ‘When is the right moment?'”

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Much of the decision making also comes down to Simon Cowell, its creator.

“Simon controls it more than we do,” he said. “When does he want it to come back, how does he want to come back? Hopefully we can be part of it.”

In December 2019, it was announced that Cowell’s multi-year contract with ITV had been extended until at least until 2024.

But while Britain’s Got Talent will air every year until that point, The X Factor was only commissioned for 2020, which, as mentioned, isn’t happening.

Luckily for us, we’ve got The Search to keep us company.

Little Mix The Search airs on BBC ONE. Catch-up now on BBC iPlayer.


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Cowboys Vs. Cardinals Live Stream: How To Watch ‘Monday Night Football’ Live on ESPN

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The Dallas Cowboys host the Arizona Cardinals on Monday Night Football!

What a strange season it’s been for the Cowboys. Last week, Dallas lost star quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending injury but still exited Week 5 with a 37-34 victory over the New York Giants. The 2-3 Cowboys find themselves in first place in the dreadful NFC East as they prepare to battle Kyler Murray and the Cardinals. After a Week 5 victory over the winless Jets, Arizona enters tonight’s contest at 3-2. Can the Cowboys get to .500, or will Kyler and company improve to 4-2? We’re about to find out.

Here’s how to watch Monday Night Football live on ESPN.

WHAT TIME DOES MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL START?

Tonight’s game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

HOW TO WATCH MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE ON ESPN:

If you have a valid cable login, you can watch Monday Night Football live on ESPN via the “watch live” section on the ESPN website or the ESPN app, which you can download on iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon.

HOW CAN I FIND A FREE COWBOYS/CARDINALS MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE STREAM?

No cable login? No problem! Live local and primetime NFL games are available to stream for free via the Yahoo Sports app and NFL app.

ADDITIONAL MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE STREAM OPTIONS:

You can also watch ESPN live with an active subscription to fuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, or AT&T TV NOW. Many of the aforementioned services offer free trials for eligible subscribers.

CAN I WATCH MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LIVE ON HULU?

Yes! If you have a valid subscription to Hulu + Live TV, you can watch the Cowboys game live via the service’s ESPN live stream. Hulu + Live TV offers a seven-day free trial for eligible subscribers.

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CAN I WATCH MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ON FUBOTV?

Yes! FuboTV now offers ESPN. A seven-day free trial is available for new and eligible subscribers.

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Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and Amy Hart reunite for project

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Love Island 2019 star Curtis Pritchard got the “full-on surprise” of his life recently when his one-time partner Amy Hart made an unexpected appearance on his and brother AJ’s podcast.

The dancer-turned-reality star was recording the first episode of the siblings’ new series when former air hostess Amy, whom he was romantically linked to during his time in the villa, was brought in as a guest during the recording of new podcast series AJ vs Curtis.

“It was a full-on surprise,” he said on Lorraine this morning (October 19).

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“We were recording the second episode and AJ was trying to set the cameras up in a certain way and I was like, ‘No, we need to do it this way’ and he was like, ‘No, we’ve got to do it this way’, so I was like, ‘Alright fine, we’ll have it your way,'” he continued.

“Then we started recording and I didn’t expect Amy to come on. She popped on and my heart skipped a beat, I didn’t know what to say. But it was great, it was a good episode.”

His trepidation is understandable given how the pair split publicly during last year’s Love Island.

After spending a few weeks joint at the hip and becoming half-boyfriend and half-girlfriend on the show, Curtis realised that he wasn’t quite feeling the relationship as much as she was while staying at Casa Amor.

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Upon his return, he broke things off with Amy, before later developing feelings for fellow Islander Maura Higgins – something that prompted Amy to leave the competition for good.

But this isn’t the first time the pair have crossed paths since the end of Love Island, with Curtis recently admitting that they’ve “always” been friends after he was asked about running into Amy on a night out last month.

“Amy’s lovely, we spoke after the show and stuff,” Curtis said. “We’ve been in contact and were always friends and never were like, ‘I’m never talking to you again’. We’ve been friends so it was just nice to see her and good to catch up.”

Love Island airs on ITV2 and is available via catch up on ITV Hub. AJ vs Curtis is available on Apple Podcasts.


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5 biggest moments from the Lovecraft Country season finale: “Full Circle”

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What happens in the Lovecraft Country finale?

There is no denying that HBO‘s Lovecraft Country has outdone all expectations with its critically acclaimed first season, leaving many wondering what to expect from the highly anticipated final episode. Fans were not disappointed as the series tied up several of its loose ends while brilliantly leaving certain aspects open to exploring in a follow-up run.

The first season finale, “Full Circle,” had no shortage of shocking moments that undoubtedly had subscribers dropping their jaws to the floor

. From spell-casting showdowns to robot armed death chokeholds, here are the five of the most significant moments from the biggest episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country.

1. Taking a bite out of Titus!

Leti and Tic return to the mysterious tunnels via the magic elevator they encountered back in episode four, “A History of Violence,” in order to resurrect Titus Braithwhite. They bring the racists sorcerer back from the dead in order to remove his protection spell and grab a piece of his chest in the process to give Atticus the advantage against Christina.

But the resilient, dynamic duo isn’t alone in this daunting endeavor as Tic’s mother, Hattie, and Hanna help take down Titus in a spellbinding showdown many years in the making. Later we see Tic commemorate this win by eating the piece of Titus’s chest, washing it down with some satisfying blood, further proving Lovecraft Country’s excellence in outdoing all expectations.

2. That’s not Ruby!

It was hard to tell where Ruby’s loyalties lied due to her body-swapping relationship with Christina. The two had become romantically involved, so it seemed like she may not come thru for Leti when her sister asks for some of MS. Braithwaite for a spell. Shockingly enough, Ruby comes through with some Christine DNA in a potion vial.

But we soon learn that Ruby was caught during her effort to secure a sample for her sister resulting in her untimely demise. The Ruby we see on screen is just Ms. Braithwhite in disguise, thoroughly indicating the ambitious sorceress is as merciless as she is relentless.

3. Kumiho to the rescue!

Ji-Ah has been one of the best parts of the series, and it was pretty apparent they were setting Jaimie Chung’s character up for something big before the credits rolled. And the nine-tailed fox spirit came through in a big way.

The shaman’s prediction of the Kumiho becoming one with the darkness came true as she absorbed the dark energy expelled during the ritual, attaining the same effects that would have occurred had Ruby succeeded in her efforts. As a result of Ji-Ah’s interference, Christina’s plan is thwarted, and viewers are given a montage of vision showcasing Montrose’s letter being delivered to Hippolyta, Tic teaching Diana how to Shoggoth whisperer, and Ruby’s unfortunate fate providing a powerful climax to an epic battle.

4. The death of Atticus Freeman

There was always a chance that one of the main characters wasn’t going to make it out of the first alive, and a lot of us figured Atticus would be the one to bite the dust. Time and time again, he showed that he was ready to sacrifice himself as necessary, and unfortunately, that was the case with the well-crafted season finale.

During the ritual, his blood was drained thanks to Christina cutting some pretty devastating wounds on Tic, and then when you add in the lethal side effects of certain incantations, the chances of survival, no matter how magical a person is, are not good. It’s hard to count out a return from Atticus at some point, given the fact that time travel and other dimensions exist, but for now, the champion of Lovecraft Country has earned some much-needed rest.

5. Diana gets a robot Winter Soldier arm

Just when audiences thought the Lovecraft Country season finale had no surprises left, it brings us back to the place of the ritual with Christina trapped under a pile of rubble. Her cries for help go unnoticed until Diana, and her new pet Shoggoth arrive on the scene.

Christina askes for help, but Diana reveals her new robotic arm that Hippolyta must have constructed for her. She then proceeds to strangle the sinister sorceress until her neck caves in, leaving a bloody mess all over her pretty face. It will be very interesting to see how Diana’s new upgraded appendage factors into future Lovecraftian adventures down the line.

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