X Factor judge Kelly Rowland has dramatically pulled out of tonight's live show after being hit with a nasty throat infection.
Following a blazing row with fellow judge Tulisa on last week's show, many viewers were hoping to see the pair on the panel this weekend after Kelly fled back to the US earlier this week, now it looks like Nicole Scherzinger could be taking a seat next to Gary, Tulisa and Louis instead.
According to reports, Kelly can barely talk and has decided not to fly back to the UK, which has led to more rumours that the judge is struggling to cope with the demands of the show and is on the brink of quitting.
“I am so sick. I have no idea what is wrong with me, but I have the worst sore throat. I’ve been in tears all week," a tearful Kelly said last night, according to The Mirror.
She also added that she's been having an IV drip to keep her hydrated. “It got so bad I was forced to stop eating and drinking. I was so dehydrated, the doctor put me on a drip.”
Last week's show saw Tulisa and Kelly come head to head over comments that were made about Kelly's act Misha B, and when Louis waded in claiming that she was a bully off-stage, it left Kelly furious that it had been raised on-air.
After immediately hopping on a plane back to the US for "business", people were concerned whether she would be returning.
One source said: “There was a feeling she was fed up with the show. It seemed like she was in a strop.”
Tulisa is not letting up with the on-air feud, as she revealed that Kelly was ignoring her since their live bust-up.
“We are not speaking. I’m getting on with it. I’m mature enough to take it on the chin. She can talk to me and we can sort it out, but if she doesn’t, we don’t have to talk," Tulisa reportedly said.
The feisty N-Dubz star also added: “If we don’t speak anymore it’s because she doesn’t want to speak to me. I don’t feel I have to apologise or make the first move because I’ve done nothing wrong.”
In a dig at Kelly and her trip back to the US, Tulisa quipped: “I am gonna be here in London working with my acts every day. Yes, I am full-time.”
But Kelly last night insisted: “I have been in touch my girls every day.”
An X Factor spokesperson said last night: “We wish Kelly a speedy recovery."
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