X Factor 2014: Simon Cowell misses auditions but is replaced by bobblehead

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Simon Cowell missed tonight's latest X Factor 2014 auditions after feeling 'ill'.

The music mogul didn't turn up to the last day of try outs this afternoon at Wembley Arena.

It left Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Mel B to judge the hopefuls and they seemed to be loving it.

Cheryl said: "I'm sure he's going to come at some point unfortunately but don't worry about. It just means less rudeness and we'll have a better time."

Around halfway through the afternoon's try outs however, Simon did get a temporary replacement in the form of a Simon Cowell bobblehead.

Which Cheryl initially tried to get rid of underneath the table.

It's not the first time that this year's panel has been down to just three, with Simon previously missing some of the earlier room auditions.

And Mel B also missed out some of the earlier auditions.

In such situations, the hopefuls need only the two yeses to make the next stage rather than the usual three.

But at today's try outs even that was a high barrier with the panel being extra critical in their search for a star.

Mel B in particular was harsh with the acts, putting through only a handful to next weekend's bootcamp stages.