After Simon Cowell fainted on the morning of Oct. 27, causing him to miss the first live show of the new “X Factor,” he was replaced by performer and show judge Alesha Dixon.
Cowell woke up to get some hot milk from the kitchen when he fainted and fell down the stairs, giving him a concussion, he told Daily Mail. He was taken out of his home in a neck brace on a stretcher. He returned home the same day, but looked disheveled with his shoes untied, Daily Mail reported.
“I’ve got a bit of concussion,” he said. “I feel better now.”
EXCLUSIVE: Simon Cowell in constant pain after mystery collapse at home https://t.co/2ahVVfQyT5
— The Sun (@TheSun) October 28, 2017
Show hosts Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh, and Sharon Osbourne were left to judge without Cowell after his fall. For the second show, “X Factor” announced on its social media channels an hour before the show that Alesha Dixon had stepped in to cover for him.
— The X Factor (@TheXFactor) October 29, 2017
Dixon, 38, previously sat on the judges panel for “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Britain’s Got Talent.” She is also an accomplished performing artist, having made up one-third of girl group Mis-Teeq, and performing solo. She was in headlines this summer after her brother was almost killed in a car crash.
Dixon is also set to be the voice of a fourth Powerpuff Girl for the new animated film series airing on Cartoon Network. The network made the announcement, but only revealed a silhouette of the character. Dixon revealed on “Good Morning Britain” that the character was to be played by her.
— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) October 29, 2017
Cowell is known as a workaholic and the Oct. 27 scare hasn’t been the only incident where he’s had to take a break for his health. He collapsed from nervous exhaustion in 2012 and was in bed for weeks.
Earlier rumors suggested Cheryl would step in to replace Cowell. Viewers were baffled when Cheryl didn’t step in during the Oct. 28 show despite being in the audience, since she previously hosted “X Factor.” She said she was there to support a performance by her boyfriend, Liam Payne.
— Simon Cowell Online (@CowellOnline) October 29, 2017