Little Mix dazzle in demure gowns for The Search’s live finale as absent bandmate Jesy Nelson ‘roots from home’ after pulling out due to illness
Little Mix‘s Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock opened The Search’s live finale with a powerful performance as their bandmate Jesy Nelson was forced to pull out last-minute due to an illness on Saturday evening.
Singers Perrie, 27, Jade, also 27, and Leigh-Anne, 29, showcased their impressive vocals as they performed their hit single Secret Love Song in demure brown gowns.
Host Chris Ramsey addressed fellow artist Jesy’s absence as he revealed she’s ‘rooting from home’ as Ychange, Since September, Melladaze and Nostalia battled it out to be crowned the winner of the series.
Kicking off with a bang! Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock opened The Search’s live finale with a powerful performance on Saturday evening
On Jesy’s absence, a statement released to MailOnline read: ‘Jesy is unwell and will not be appearing on tonight’s final of Little Mix The Search.
‘She will also not be hosting or performing at tomorrow’s MTV EMA’s.’
Little Mix had been due to host the 27th edition of one of the biggest nights in global music – the 2020 MTV EMAs – which will air globally on Sunday.
Musician Jesy appeared during Friday night’s instalment of the show, which had been rescheduled from last Saturday.
In their element: Singers Perrie (pictured), 27, Jade, also 27, and Leigh-Anne, 29, showcased their impressive vocals as they performed their hit single Secret Love Song in demure gowns
‘She’s rooting from home’: Their bandmate Jesy Nelson was forced to pull out last-minute due to an illness (pictured on Friday’s semi-finals)
The media personalities had an emotional decision to make during the show, as they firmed up the line-up for the final show.
Friday’s episode marked the first time all four girls were able to appear in person on the live shows, as songstress Jade missed out on being in the studio for the first show after she was forced to self-isolate at home.
Last month, BBC was forced to postpone an episode after ‘a small number’ of crew members tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement, the broadcaster confirmed the planned shows had been delayed by a week so crew members could self-isolate.
They said: ‘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.
‘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. We hope to be back on air on Saturday 24 October.’
BBC also confirmed that none of Little Mix themselves have tested positive for coronavirus.