Stereo Sicks? X Factor live show to go ahead as planned despite contestants falling ill

Five of the talent show finalists have fallen ill this week

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Tomorrow night’s live edition of the X Factor may be at risk of cancellation according to reports that several of this year’s contestants have been hit by a viral bug.

James Graham and Casey Johnson, two members of the eight-piece boy band Stereo Kicks, are believed to have been ordered to rest before the live shows this weekend.

Soloists Jake Quickenden, Stephanie Nala and Ben Haenow have also been laid low by flu and Lola Saunders is believed to be on a course of antibiotics having been unwell all week.

On Tuesday Graham tweeted: “On the way to the doctors with @Bhaenow #properillbruv.”

He later wrote, “Not well at all. Praying my voice gets better ASAP!!!” Johnson also complained of feeling unwell on Twitter. 

A spokeswoman for the show said: "Several of the contestants have been under the weather but everyone is on track to perform tomorrow night."

Chloe Jasmine

Another contestant, Chloe Jasmine, is also believed to be struggling this week after she was injured on Monday. The singer expressed worry earlier this week that she wouldn’t be able to walk after her foot swelled to “twice the size” after she got a shard of glass stuck in it.

“Everyone seems to be getting ill. It’s a real worry,” An X Factor insider told The Sun. “ There are so many contestants on voice rest, but hopefully that will mean they’re well enough for the show.”