Leigh-Anne Pinnock follows in the footsteps of Jesy Nelson with NTA nomination

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Leigh-Anne Pinnock is set to follow in the footsteps of her former bandmate Jesy Nelson as she has been nominated for a National Television Award.

Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne, 29, has been nominated for an award in a new category, Authored Documentary, following her touching BBC film.

Leigh-Anne fronted the doc, titled Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power, which moved many viewers to tears as she discussed issues of racism in the music industry.

The singer's documentary will be up against Kate Garraway's programme, Finding Derek, Marcus Rashford's Feeding Britain's Children as well as Rio and Anton Ferdinand's documentaries.

If Leigh-Anne, who has reportedly been left distraught after her engagement ring was stolen, was to win the gong she would be following in the footsteps of her former bandmate.

Jesy, 29, won the Best Factual Entertainment Award for her moving programme Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, where she discussed the cruel trollling she had endured during her time in the band.

Singer Jesy, who's recent exit from the band has been formalised, announced her decision to quit the female group in a candid statement last year.

Jesy explained how being in the band had "taken a toll on my mental health" in the announcement.

Months on, Jesy later revealed how a panic attack during the Sweet Melody music video filming had caused her to reach "breaking point".

Speaking to Cosmopolitan magazine, she revealed: "For me, that was the pinnacle point. I was like, ‘I need to start taking care of myself now, because this isn’t healthy.’

"It wasn’t nice for the other three to be around someone who didn’t want to be there. So I took a break."

Jesy took a short break from the band before announcing her decision to leave.

Now, the singer signed a record deal five months after leaving the band.

She shared the news as Jesy posed in front of the record label's logo in a post shared with her 7.9million followers on her Instagram.

She wrote: "So excited to announce that I've signed my first ever solo record deal with @polydorrecords @universalmusicgroup.

"This is such a pinch me moment. I cannot wait for you guys to hear what I've been working on."

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Ahead of her announcement, Jesy's former bandmates opened up about the singer's decision to depart from the group.

Speaking on This Morning via video link, the band were quizzed by host Dermot O’Leary on what the hardest thing about Jesy’s departure was.

Jade Thirlwall explained: "I think it’s a bit of everything, it’s definitely a shift but we have to respect each other’s decisions.

"I think moving forward, we didn’t want to call it a day. We wanted to carry on as a three and I think our fans are really happy that we’ve done that."

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