Little Mix Disses ‘X Factor,’ Says There Are Too Many ‘Sob Stories’

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Little Mix had some negative things to say about The X Factor recently. The girl group won the show in 2011, but they don’t like the direction it’s taken in recent years.

The ladies are launching their own reality competition show, Little Mix: The Search. It will premiere on the BBC this Saturday. Read on to find out what they said about Simon Cowell’s show.

Little Mix Disses ‘The X Factor’

Simon Cowell chose to pause The X Factor this year following a decline in ratings. According to The Sun, Little Mix believes this is because the show has “lost its authenticity.”

“I think the problem is when it’s like a script,” group member Jade Thirlwall told the Radio Times. “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.”


“The minute it doesn’t seem real, you switch off,” she added. “How am I meant to believe in it any more? I could literally write it myself and tell you what’s coming next.”

Jesy Nelson also seemed to criticize how the show took care of contestants’ mental health when they appeared on it. “We never had anyone check on us to see how we were doing mentally, it was all just go, go, go,” she said. Leigh-Anne Pinnock agreed, saying, “I wish there was a lot more help.”

Little Mix Is Launching Their Own Talent Show

The group has cut ties with music mogul Simon Cowell since appearing on the talent show. They left his record label Syco Music in 2018 and joined RCA. They contrast their own show with The X Factor, saying “authenticity is key” and emphasizing that they take care of their contestants.


However, they say there is no “personal vendetta” against Simon himself. “I think with Simon it’s all fun and games. We’ve got no personal vendetta against him,” Jade said. “We moved on and, to be fair, over the years we didn’t actually see him that much. We’re not ones to hold grudges.”

On their new show The Search, the ladies are looking for a new band to open for them on tour. The show halted production earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Little Mix later had to interact with the contestants via Zoom. Jade previously admitted that the groups were “struggling to gel” because of this.

The show premieres this Saturday, September 26, on BBC One. The group’s next album, Confetti, will be released November 6.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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