Tuesday 11 December 2018

Alesha Dixon filling in as guest judge on X Factor following Simon Cowell’s fall

Simon Cowell was taken to hospital on Friday after taking a tumble.

Alesha Dixon (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Alesha Dixon (Andrew Milligan/PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Alesha Dixon is being drafted in as a guest judge on The X Factor amid reports that Simon Cowell will miss a second show as he recovers from a fall.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Dixon will appear on the second live show on Sunday night.

The ITV programme tweeted: “We are DELIGHTED to announce that lovely @AleshaOfficial is joining us as Guest Judge tonight.

“Thank you, Alesha!! #XFactor #LiveShows.”

The announcement comes after reports that Cowell would miss Sunday night’s programme on medical advice.

The judge was taken to hospital on Friday after reportedly taking a tumble down the stairs at his London home as he went to get some hot milk.

He was photographed flashing a “thumbs up” when he returned home hours later but was absent from Saturday’s show.

Dixon filled in as a guest panellist during the early audition rounds and was a hit with viewers.

Simon Cowell

Sunday night will see the overs and the groups perform on The X Factor, with Talia Dean, 32, and duo Jack & Joel returning in their respective categories as part of the public vote Wildcard twist.

:: The X Factor returns at 7pm on ITV on Sunday.

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