The X Factor is set to air its first live show of the year on Saturday, but the show has been thrown into chaos following news Simon Cowell has been rushed to hospital.
The music mogul, 58, was stretchered out of his house in a neck brace after falling down the stairs at his London home early this morning.
While it’s believed his injuries aren’t serious, it hasn’t been confirmed whether Simon will still appear on the judging panel, but proving the show must go on, its final 12 contestants were seen being ferried to rehearsals on Friday afternoon.
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Worried: The final 12 X Factor contestants were seen looking concerned as they headed to rehearsals on Friday afternoon, following news Simon Cowell had been rushed to hospital
Seeming concerned about head judge Simon following his accident, the group appeared downcast, as they made their way out of the shared the home the contestants are currently living in.
Traceyleanne Jefford was seen heading into a waiting car clad in striped flared trousers and a plain black vest top. Her raven-haired locks were pinned back into a sleek bun that sat behind her head, and she covered up in a chic pair of large shades.
The vocal talent is mentored by Nicole Scherzinger on the show and joins Kevin Davy White and Matt Linnen in the former Pussycat Doll’s final three.
Shock: The music mogul, 58, was stretchered out of his house in a neck brace after falling down the stairs at his London home early this morning – it’s believed his injuries aren’t serious
Final preparations: She was joined by Grace Davies, who has been wowing the judges and viewers with her original songs and distinct voice throughout the competition
Focused: Traceyleanne Jefford was seen heading into a waiting car clad in striped flared trousers and a plain black vest top
Stylish: Her raven-haired locks were pinned back into a sleek bun that sat behind her head
She was joined by Grace Davies, who has been wowing the judges and viewers with her original songs and distinct voice throughout the competition. Clad in a black sweatshirt with the slogan ‘Nothing To Wear’ emblazoned across the front, Grace appeared to go make-up free ahead of rehearsals.
The teen joins Holly Tandy and Rai-Elle Williams in the girls category mentored by Sharon Osbourne.
Holly closely followed Grace in a dark green dress and fur coat, while Rai-Elle favoured a pair of leather-look leggings and a black baseball cap.
Others filtering out of the lavish mansion included crooner Sam Black, who found himself reinstated into the competition following Anthony Russell’s departure. He had won over Louis Walsh at Judges’ Houses and joins Lloyd Macey and Spencer Sutherland in the live shows.
Members of group Rak-Su were also pictured, along with Shereen Cutkelvin from family band The Cutkelvins. The groups are being mentored this year by Simon, but will be forced to go without his expertise as they make the final preparations for their performances.
A slew of acts, who had their faces covered by blankets to avoid being seen, were also heading out of the property. They were no doubt the show’s wildcard acts that have now been revealed to be Leon Mallet, Alisah Bonaobra, singing duo Jack and Joel and Talia Dean.
Rehearsals for the first X Factor live show still appeared to be going ahead, despite news Simon is in hospital undergoing tests.
The star had fallen down the stairs while going to get a cup of milk, as he was having trouble sleeping, and was stretchered out of his home while wearing a neck brace. He is believed to have slipped or fainted.
It is not known if his partner Lauren or son Eric were at home at the time and there are concerns that Simon could be forced to pull out of the first live show.
It appears ITV were not told about the fall until this afternoon.
A source told The Sun: ‘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.’
Representatives for Cowell and The X Factor have been asked to comment.