X Factor 2016: Simon Cowell may MISS this weekend's final at Wembly Arena


Simon Cowell could end up missing The X Factor 2016 final this weekend.

The music mogul is on bed rest hoping to get better in time for Saturday night's first live show, after coming down with an illness.

Fortunately for Simon in this respect, he's already lost all of his acts and so doesn't have any one in the final.

But it would still be a bit of an unfortunate way to end the series.

A source told the Daily Star today: "He's on bed rest. He's doing all he can to get better for the final," while a spokesperson for Simon confirmed he had been struck down with the flu.

It wouldn't be the first time that a judge has missed the X Factor live shows due to illness. In the 2014 final, Mel B missed out on one half of the final and was replaced by Tulisa for the night.

And in 2011, Alexandra Burke of course stepped in for an ill Kelly Rowland during one week of the live shows.

5 After Midnight, Matt Terry and Saara Aalto remain in the running on The X Factor 2016 and will face off from Saturday night in the final at Wembley Arena.

The X Factor 2016 final is set to be the closest race ever with each of the remaining acts having both topped the vote and appeared in the sing off over the past nine weeks.

The X Factor 2016 final starts on TV from Wembley Arena at Saturday night, December 10 from 8PM on ITV and continues on Sunday night at the same time.

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