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Simon Cowell out of Britain's Got Talent due to flu

Simon Cowell
Cowell judges on Britain's Got Talent with Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan

Simon Cowell has been forced to pull out of judging Britain's Got Talent auditions after falling ill with flu.

His fellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh sat in for the 50-year-old during auditions held in Birmingham on Wednesday.

"Simon Cowell unfortunately has flu so Louis Walsh has kindly stepped in on the panel," an ITV spokesman said.

It is not known when Cowell will return to the judging panel. The series will return to ITV1 in May.

Dance act Diversity won last year's £100,000 prize.

Walsh has joined judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan on the Britain's Got Talent panel.

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