Little Mix The Search: Where is Jade Thirlwall and does she have coronavirus?

Little Mix The Search is going into its first-ever live shows tonight after a week of delays following a positive coronavirus test.

However, it turns out Jade Thirlwall will not be able to make it into the studio with her fellow bandmates Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

No, the singer has been forced into self-isolation with her reps confirming the news in a statement this week.

They said: ‘Jade has to self-isolate this week and will therefore be carrying out her role as Mentor on Little Mix The Search from home.

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‘For this Saturday’s show, Jade will participate via video link, continuing to mentor alongside Jesy, Leigh-Anne and Perrie.’

Quarantining for two weeks does not mean Jade has caught Covid-19 herself, but may have come into contact with someone who has.

At least we’ll be able to see her via video-call.

Since the news was announced, Jade has remained in high spirits on social media and has joined her girl gang in promoting their new hit, Sweet Melody – which will feature in their upcoming album, Confetti.

It comes after the show was postponed when a number of crew members tested positive for coronavirus.

The live version of The Search was supposed to hit our screens last week, but was delayed to help stall the spread of the virus.

The BBC confirmed the news in a statement, which read: ‘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.’

Little Mix The Search airs on BBC One tonight at 6.10pm.

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