WE’VE finally reached the all-important X Factor live stages – but the head judge is conspicuously missing from tonight’s show.
So where is Simon Cowell, and what’s stopped him taking his usual position as critic-in-chief? Here’s all you need to know.
Why isn’t Simon Cowell on The X Factor tonight?
After Simon’s admission to hospital on Friday following an accident in his London home, he will be missing the Saturday show – but appear on Sunday instead.
Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne’s categories, the boys and girls, will be featuring tonight, Saturday 28 October, having originally been planned for Sunday.
Simon and Nicole’s groups and overs will be the last to perform this weekend.
What happened in the accident at Simon Cowell’s home?
The Sun’s Bizarre column exclusively revealed how Simon Cowell was stretchered away and rushed to hospital in a neck brace after an accident at his London home.
The 58-year-old is believed to have fainted and fallen down the stairs after fetching a cup of hot milk.
He had been at a Little Mix concert and had woken up at 6.45am, before an ambulance was called at 8am on Friday.
Simon gave photographers the thumbs up as he was pictured returning home after his fall.
A source close to him said: “It’s been a scary morning. It was very early and Simon was going down his stairs to get some hot milk because he couldn’t sleep.
“He fainted and is thought to have fallen down the stairs.
“An ambulance was called and he was stretchered out of the house in a neck brace surrounded by worried aides.”
Simon waved at photographers after returning home following his fall[/caption]
When have X Factor presenters missed shows in the past?
It’s not unheard of for X Factor judges to miss shows, with stand-ins often drafted in to make up the panel.
During the auditions this year, both Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne were absent at various points.
Sharon was forced to pull out of the Edinburgh auditions due to a back problem, while a diary clash meant Nicole sat out the Manchester leg.
On both occasions, erstwhile Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon was on hand to fill in.
It’s not the first time Simon has been missing during this series, either.
He was mysteriously missing for the first half of one of the auditions shows, with Louis Walsh telling cameras his boss was “running late”.
The trio struggled on in Simon’s absence, with Louis briefly assuming the mantle of head judge, before the impatient looking mogul finally arrived after reportedly getting stuck in traffic.
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