Kelly Rowland in tears over X Factor

Kelly Rowland has been ''in tears'' all week over pulling out of tonight's (29.10.11) 'X Factor' after being diagnosed with a severe throat infection

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Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland has been "in tears" all week over pulling out of tonight's (29.10.11) 'X Factor'.

The judge - who is mentoring the category girls - will not appear on the ITV1 talent show tonight after being struck down with a throat infection and says it was a very hard decision to make.

Kelly - who is in Los Angeles after flying there on Monday (24.10.11) following a heated row with fellow judge Tulisa on last week's show - told The Sun newspaper: "I'm so sick - I have no idea what is wrong with me, but I have the worst sore throat.

"I've been in tears all week. It got so bad that I stopped eating and drinking and got so dehydrated the doctor put me on a drip.

"Even now I can't swallow anything - not even my own saliva. The doctors don't even really know what's wrong, either. They say whatever I have is extremely rare."

Kelly also denied claims she had deserted her acts - Mischa B, Janet Devlin and Sophie Habibis - to go to Los Angeles, insisting she had been in contact with them every day.

The former Destiny's Child singer said: "I had some very important personal meetings I'd had in the diary for a year.

"But I've been so sick I even had to postpone them. Since I got off the plane I've been laid out.

"We chose the songs at the start of the week and I've been getting recordings sent to me of how they're doing. They are doing so well, they all need to step out of their comfort zone.

"I have been telling everyone in America how talented they are. I was so excited about Halloween week, but now I can't be there."

Bosses are now looking for a replacement for Kelly with US 'X Factor' Nicole Scherzinger the favourite.

Kelly Rowland

The former Destiny's Child vocalist now performing solo.

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