X Factor Matt Cardle may be too ill to sing on Saturday night’s X Factor Semi-finals show.
The former painter and decorator – who is the bookies favourite to win the competition – failed to appear at a gig this week after losing his voice and now insiders are worried that he won’t be able to sing on the live show.
A source said: “Matt is putting a brave face on things but his voice is in a bad shape and he could miss the semi-final. He’s really low because he’s desperate to be at his best for such a vital show.
“Matt was advised by doctors to rest his voice so didn’t perform.”
Speaking before the show at the Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Matt told disappointed fans: “Sorry I can’t sing tonight. I just have to hope my voice gets better for the weekend. There is not much else I can do.”
As well as Matt struggling with his voice, his fellow contestant Mary Byrne has also lost hers and is a doubt for tomorrow after struggling at the show on Wednesday.
The source told the Daily Star: “She felt fine and was given the go-ahead to sing but was having problems afterwards. She was very upset.”