Mel B to miss X Factor final

Mel B

Mel B

Show judge Mel B will miss 'The X Factor' final tonight (13.12.14) after collapsing from "extreme exhaustion" and being rushed to hospital on Thursday (11.12.14)

Mel B will miss 'The X Factor' final tonight (13.12.14) after collapsing with "extreme exhaustion".

The former Spice Girl and show judge will not be appearing on the ITV singing competition this evening after she was hospitalised on Thursday (11.12.14) and remains under round-the-clock care.

Her husband Stephen Belafonte is said to be distraught and has remained at her bedside while the couple await the 39-year-old's test results.

A source said: "She is in a bad way. Everyone is very worried. It seems impossible she will make the final. We are all just praying she comes through this."

Another insider said: "Stephen is beside himself. Mel means everything to him. Her body is in shutdown. She's been working so hard and it is extreme exhaustion."

Mel is said to be "beyond devastated" she won't be present to watch her remaining contestant Andrea Faustini battle against fellow finalists Fleur East and Ben Haenow to be crowned winner of the show and is determined to get better.

The source said: "She is beyond devastated to miss the final. It's bad times but she's going to pull through."

It is believed former judge Tulisa Contostavlos will replace Mel and take up her seat on the judging panel next to Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini this evening.

The 26-year-old singer - who starred on the show in 2011 and 2012 - has been chosen as she already "has a connection" to this year's hopefuls after aiding Louis during the judge's houses stage of the competition.

A show source told The Sun newspaper: "Tulisa has got the experience of having been a judge in the past and definitely has Mel's blessing.

"She was also involved in the show at the judges' house round so has a connection to this year's contestants."

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