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Simon Cowell set to rival Little Mix with a brand new talent show

Simon mentored the band when they won The X-Factor in 2011

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Simon Cowell is set to rival his X-Factor prodigies Little Mix by launching a brand new talent show in 2020.

News of X-Factor: The Band comes after Little Mix announced they would be hosting a new talent scouting show.

Little Mix – The Search is set to be launched on the BBC next year, while Simon’s show will most likely be on ITV.

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Speaking in an interview with The Sun, Simon says he was approached to co-produce Little Mix’s show.

“This is what really happened. I was approached to co-produce that show last year by Little Mix’s management.”

“I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching X Factor The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021,” he explained.

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“Then we had the fallout and find out Little Mix were bringing their show forward. Was that intentional because we are doing our show? I have no idea.”

Simon says the rival show makes things “100 per cent” more exciting.

“But regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first.”

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“It 100 per cent makes it more exciting there being a battle.”

Little Mix won The X-Factor in 2011 under the mentorship of music mogul Simon Cowell.

Last year, news broke that after 7 years under Simon’s music label, Syco, Little Mix’s management company Modest, would be parting ways with the label.