Thankfully, Simon Cowell managed to pull himself together to catch the end of auditions at the capital’s Tobacco Docks in East London.
“Simon didn’t feel well early in the day so had to have a bit of a slower start to the day than usual,” a source told The Sun.
“But he felt a bit better as Tuesday went on so decided he would attend after all.
Simon Cowell at The X Factor auditions in Liverpool Sexy Nicole Scherzinger in pics Tue, July 4, 2017
Ex-pussycat doll and X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger flaunts her fabulous figure.
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Simon didn’t feel well early in the day so had to have a bit of a slower start
The X Factor source
“Nicole really stepped up to the plate without Simon there and everyone said she absolutely dominated — but in a good way.”
Simon’s bad day comes after it was revealed The X Factor would undergo some major changes this year after the 2016 cycle saw ratings plummet to historical lows.
The music mogul assured he would be discouraging “novelty” acts like Honey G, who came fifth in the ITV talent competition last year after being tipped to win.
Nicole Scherzinger 'dominated' in Simon's place at The X Factor auditions
Matt Terry's The X Factor win was a record ratings low
What’s more, the Boot Camp stages will be filmed in front of a studio audience and the live shows will be reduced from ten down to six.
At its peak, the 2010 X Factor – won by Matt Cardle and judged by Simon, Louis, Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue – drew in an enormous audience of 14.3 million viewers, while just half that figure tuned in to catch Matt Terry beat Finnish princess Saara Aalto last year.
The X Factor is expected to return to ITV thus summer.