Viewers of Little Mix’s brand new BBC talent show were left blown away by a Stormzy fan who was determined to impress.

Boyband hopeful Zeekay, from London, impressed pop stars Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Ann Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall with his rendition of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Can’t Hold Us in the debut episode of The Search.

And people at home were just as knocked out by his rap/vocal performance, taking to Twitter to express their delight. One person said simply that ‘a star is born’, while another added it was the ‘performance of the night.’


The youngster introduced himself by saying he was ‘here to entertain the biggest audiences I can get’. He revealed that he lives with his mother and older brother and previously performed one of his songs to Stormzy after a chance meeting.

Jesy, Leigh-Anne, Perrie and Jade were bowled over by his performance of hip hop classic Can’t Hold You.

Jade said: ‘You didn’t hold back and you came here and you said “this is why I’m going to get through to the next round.

‘I absolutely love that about you.’

Jesy then added, ‘I just love how much of a natural born performer you are.’

Viewers were equally impressed by Zeekay’s audition. One wrote, ‘Oh. My. God. Get that #zeekay in the band NOW he just gave me goosebumps!!! #LittleMixTheSearch @LMTheSearch.’

Another said, ‘this Zeekay boy though. He’s too good.’


Zeekay ended up making the final cut in The Search’s attempt to find members of a boyband. He was put together with other contestants Talis, lee, Adam and Kaci and they performed as a group at the end of the show.

As with his solo effort, the group performance wowed viewers.

One said on Twitter, ‘Look at how they ate that. And this is only the FIRST episode.’

Another wrote, ‘i can confirm i am in love with zeekay.’

As well as loving the performances, fans were also dazzled by the show, which was pre-recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

Dozens praised Little Mix for adding their own twist on the already established talent TV genre.


One wrote: ‘You were contestants yourself and you really have your own talent show now helping other people live their dreams. Definitely the best people <3’

And someone else added: ‘A talent show where the acts are constructively critiqued from a potion of actual genuine experience. Wonderful. And Little Mix.’

‘This show is so much more personal than all the other talent shows out there, Little Mix are really the standard for everything in this industry,’ wrote a third fan.

While another tweeted: ‘Little Mix: The Search is already one of the best talent shows on telly! Those 4 are carrying it on their personalities alone.’

Another fan said: ‘What I love the most about Little Mix show is not only seeing the chance to see what talent the contestants are going to bring but the personalities and the girls humour. I’m really glad the girls did this show.’

However for some the excitement was too much with music lovers saying they had got ’emotional’ watching the girls on the show and were feeling ‘so proud’.


Overall there will be six categories with girl dance, girl vocal, mixed, vocal and instrument, as well as rap and R&B, coming up in other episodes.

During Saturday’s episode Little Mix also showed they’re well suited to choosing talent by giving lots of constructive criticism.

Little Mix: The Search was originally thought as a rival for the X Factor, however music mogul Simon has decided to rest the show this year.

The group, who switched from Simon Cowell’s Syco record label to RCA during the recording of their fifth album LM5 in 2018, were originally formed on The X Factor in 2011.