The winner of The X Factor will be crowned tonight – and Tulisa Contostavlos may once again replace Mel B on the judging panel.
The Italian singer had to perform without his mentor Mel B who was too unwell to attend the show and host Dermot O’Leary said she was “absolutely gutted” to be absent.
It is not yet known whether the former Spice Girl will be fit for this evening’s final, but reports that she is in a high dependency unit in hospital suggest it’s unlikely.
Many X Factor viewers expressed their disappointment at Mel B’s absence last night as Fleur East and Ben Haenow sang their way into the final.
Can't believe Mel B is missing this! #xfactor
— Ed Palmer (@edpalmeruk) December 13, 2014
mel b brings an entertainment value that’s missing tonight
— bailey (@britneyspunks) December 13, 2014
It's making me so sad that Mel B is missing out on what was going to be her moment returning to the nation's hearts. #xfactor
— A? (@husseybyname) December 13, 2014