Matt Cardle and Mary Byrne fall ill

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Matt Cardle and Mary Byrne could both miss tomorrow's (04.12.10) 'X Factor' show through illness after losing their voices.

Matt Cardle could miss tomorrow's (04.12.10) 'X Factor' show through illness.

The 27-year-old singer - who is the bookmakers favourite to win the ITV1 talent show - was forced to pull out of a secret gig this week after losing his voice and now there are concerns he won't be able to sing on the live show.

A source said: "Matt is putting a brave face on things but his voice is in a bad shape and he could miss the semi-final. He's really low because he's desperate to be at his best for such a vital show.

"Matt was advised by doctors to rest his voice so didn't perform."

Speaking before the show at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Matt told disappointed fans: "Sorry I can't sing tonight. I just have to hope my voice gets better for the weekend. There is not much else I can do."

As well as Matt struggling with his voice, his fellow contestant Mary Byrne has also lost hers and is a doubt for tomorrow after struggling at the show on Wednesday (01.12.10).

The source added to the Daily Star newspaper: "She felt fine and was given the go-ahead to sing but was having problems afterwards. She was very upset."

A show spokesman said: "Matt and Mary have been told to rest their voices. We're hoping they will both be fit for tomorrow night."

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