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Cheryl to miss X Factor boot camp

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole has pulled out of the boot camp stage of the X Factor because she needs more time to rest as she continues to get better from malaria.

She was released on Friday from a London hospital on Friday and moved to a private clinic.

It's thought the popstar caught the disease during a recent trip to Tanzania, in Africa.

Cheryl has also cancelled a performance at V Festival, which is set to take place in August.

Ricky finds out more about malaria

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and can be deadly, but not if it's caught early like Cheryl's illness was.

Malaria is one of the biggest diseases in the world - it's thought one child dies from it every 30 seconds. It's most common in tropical places, such as Africa, southern Asia and South America.


The illness can feel a bit like the flu at first - symptoms include a headache, aching muscles and feeling really tired.

That's followed by a high fever and then chills, every few days. The illness can last up to three weeks.

Every year, around 2,000 people from the UK become infected with malaria when abroad, but if treated early, people can make a full recovery.

We asked NR viewers who should replace Cheryl. Here's what some of you thought....

"I think that it should be someone from the UK."

Charlotte, 12, East Devon, England

"I think it should be either Kimberly Walsh, as she's a member of Girls Aloud, or Leona Lewis or Alexandra Burke, as they have both previously won The X Factor."

Eleanor, 11, Essex, England

"Aston from JLS or Alexandra Burke."

Sarah, 12, Worcester, England

"I think Pixie Lott should stand in."

Tom, 11, Liverpool, England

"Katy Perry, Alesha Dixon, Will Young, Mark Owen or Robbie Williams."

Sarah-Jane, 10, Southend, England

"I think Pixie Lott should stand in for Cheryl Cole because I think she would give an honest opinion, whether good or bad."

Megan, 10, Shrewsbury, England

"I think that Leona Lewis should replace Cheryl on The X Factor."

Alice, 10, Norfolk, England

"I think Pixie Lott and Lady GaGa. Lady GaGa should be the judge because she rocks!"

Melissa, 13, Reading, England

"I think it should be Sonali."

Class 4T, 10, London, England

"I think Taylor Swift should replace Cheryl Cole."

Megan, 10, Carmarthenshire, Wales

"I think another member of Girls Aloud should stand in for Cheryl. Maybe Sarah or Nicola."

Bryony, 12, Coventry, England

"Paul McCartney."

Christopher, 9, Hampshire, England

"I think Cheryl should pick who to stand in for her, it is her place!"

Jasmine, 13, Birmingham, England

"I think they should put a webcam where Cheryl sits, so that she can judge from home! No one can really replace her. It's a win-win situation."

Ayesha, 14, Birmingham, England

"I think Lady GaGa should stand in for Cheryl Cole, she's obviously the best person in the world!"

Finn, 12, Scotland

"I think Alexandra Burke or Matt Smith."

Maria, 10, London, England

"I think someone like Pixie Lott, because she is young and she has a really good voice!!"

Charli, 12, Bucks, England

"Two of the judges are already gone. I think that someone like Alexandra Burke or a member of JLS should stand in for Cheryl. Get well soon, Cheryl!"

Kimberley, 13, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think that Kimberley Walsh, Emma Watson or Amanda Holden should step in for her."

Jessica, 14, Newcastle, England

"I think that Katy Perry should!"

Chloe, 12, Liverpool, England

"Either Pixie Lott, Peter Andre or Kimberly Walsh because she always helps Cheryl at the judge's houses. NO way Lady Gaga - she had been told to rest too but she just won't listen!!"

Alice, 13, Derby, England

"I think Amanda Holden should replace Cheryl because she's the best judge on TV, and she's very honest!"

Jessica, 13, Klagenfurt, Austria

"I think Janet Jackson should stand in for Cheryl or Jason Derulo!"

Laura, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think Alexandra Burke should stand in because she is a singer and she was on the X Factor so she knows these things."

Thomas, 9, Yeovil, England

"Lady Gaga, because she is great!!"

Belle, 7, Co. Waterford, Ireland

"Pixie Lott because she wouldn't be too mean but she would give a fair and honest answer. She would be perfect for the job!"

Holly, 11, Northamptonshire, England

"I think Pixie Lott should stand in for Cheryl. She would make an awesome judge but Cheryl is still better."

Phoebe, 12, Staffordshire, England

"I think Lady Gaga should stand in place for Cheryl Cole."

Caitlin, 9, Conwy, Wales

"Tracy Beaker!"

Bray, 6, Wolverhampton, England

"Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones or Hayley Westenra."

Stella, 10, Hull, England

"Diana Vickers or Lady Gaga."

Patrick, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think Sonali from Newsround could replace Cheryl on the panel."

Evie, 8, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

"I think Robbie Williams or Gary Barlow should step in for Cheryl as they have both been in the music business and know what they're talking about!"

Emily, 12, UK

"I think Pixie Lott or Jedward should fill in for Cheryl because they are both really kind and Jedward would muck about and annoy Simon!"

Aoife, 10, Dublin, Ireland

"Matt Smith should have Cheryl's place."

Joseph, 8, Stockport, England

"I think Geri Halliwell should stand in for Cheryl because she has had experience as both a member of a chart topping band and as a solo artist."

Jess, 13, Auckland, New Zealand

"I think that Alexandra Burke should stand in for Cheryl as she has been in the situation that the contestants would be in and she is very caring."

Abigail, 12, Salisbury, England

"I think that Avril Lavigne should do it because she has been forgotten and she is young like Cheryl Cole, so I think she's perfect for the job!"

Tom, 11, Barnsley, England

"I would want Sarah Harding because she is one of the members of Girls Aloud and she is really funny!"

Alex, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think one of the members of Girls Aloud should stand in for Cheryl."

Victoria, 12, Scarborough, England

"I think Kylie Minogue should stand in because she has never worked as an X Factor judge and she is a singer, so she knows when she hears a good voice."

Thomas, 9, Yeovil, England

"Marvin Humes from JLS. He is so cute and has gone through what they are going through."

Ennah, 12, Leeds, England

"I think Florence Welch out of Florence and the Machine should stand in for Cheryl, because in my opinion she is the best female singer ever! She's very bold and I think she has the courage to advise contestants wisely."

Sophie, 12, Hove, UK

"Kimberly Walsh. She's also a member of Girls Aloud and has helped Cheryl on the X Factor before."

Ruth, 11, Galway, Ireland

"I think Katy Perry, Taylor swift, Pixie Lott or Miley Cyrus should stand in for Cheryl. I hope Cheryl recovers quickly."

Phoebe, 9, Cambridgeshire, England

"Miley Cyrus, Amanda Holden or Fergie from Black Eyed Peas."

Hannah, 8, Huddersfield, England

"If it's a boy, Peter Andre and if it is a girl, Sharon Osborne."

Rukayah, 11, London, England

"Lady Gaga, because she is unique and wild so maybe she could spot out talent where other people can't!"

Mimi, 11, Devon, England

"I think that they should get Justin Bieber on because he is an awesome singer and he can tell a good song from a bad one. However, I don't think he would want to come from Canada every week!"

Dani, 9, London, England

"I think Kimberly Walsh should because when she helped Cheryl in 2008 they had similar ideas and made the same sort of decisions. It would be nice for Kylie Minogue to be on there but two sisters would just have too much fun!"

Natasha, 13, Birmingham, England

"Alexandra Burke - because Cheryl was the one with the right song's for her so I think it is time for Alexandra to help Cheryl Cole."

Arianit, 10, London, England

"I think that one of Cheryl's band mates should stand in for her, or maybe someone really cool like Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato or one of the Jonas Brothers."

Demi, 12, London, England

"I think Miley Cyrus should because she has a great taste in music."

Nick, 12, London, England

"I think Cheryl should actually pick who will replace her if she can because it is her place being taken. But if not I think Amanda Holden should replace her because she is really nice and is kind to all contestants."

Rebecca, 14, Birmingham, England

"I think JUSTIN BIEBER should be a judge. He is still young and he has only recently been discovered by the music industry, so he should try it. Sonali should go for it too (if Justin is unavailable)!"

Nivetha, 12, London, England

"I think Kylie Minogue should take her place."

Umrah, 11, Stockport, England

"I would love it if Justin Bieber stood in for Cheryl."

Caoimhe, 13, Co. Clare, Ireland

"I think Amanda Holden should stand in for Cheryl because she is a good judge on Britain's Got Talent."

Emma, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"Wouldn't it be cool to have Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis or any previous X Factor winners? They would know how the contestants feel."

Chloe, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"Amanda Holden should take her place because she is as good as Cheryl Cole."

Ellie, 9, Northamptonshire, England

"I think another member from Girls Aloud because they know a lot about singing and Cheryl will be happy because at least it's someone who she likes and doesn't mind stepping down to one of them."

Charlie, 10, Essex, England

"I think either Pixie Lott or Gary Barlow from Take That should stand in for Cheryl."

Niamh, 9, Merseyside, England

"Lady Gaga because she is crazy, wild fun. Even though she has different taste she knows if people can sing well and she is very popular."

Jess, 10, Bristol, England

"I think that Sharon Osbourne should stand in for Cheryl."

Erica, 11, Nottinghamshire, England

"Alexandra Burke because she won The X Factor and knows what standard of singing you need to have to win."

Molly, 11, Kent, England

"Amanda Holden. To Cheryl, get well soon!"

Jonathan, 13, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think that Leona Lewis should stand in for Cheryl Cole because she knows what it's like to be on The X Factor and she is an amazing solo artist."

Beth, 11, Shropshire, England

"I think Leona Lewis should take Cheryl's place. Hope you get better soon Cheryl."

Annie, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"I think Miley Cyrus should stand in."

Chloe, 13, Stoke-on-Trent, England

"I think that Pixie Lott should stand in for Cheryl because she is a good singer just like Cheryl!"

Emily, 9, Lancashire, England

"I think Phoebe Tonkin should stand in because she says what she thinks. Even though she is a model she doesn't act like one."

Phoebe, 10, West Yorkshire, England

"I reckon that Leona Lewis should stand in for Cheryl Cole."

Jessica, 9, Wiltshire, England

"It would be good if it was Cheryl because she is a good judge but I think it should be Katie Price. I hope it is!"

Curtis, 13, Wakefield, England

"Maybe Kimberley Walsh, Randy Jackson or a footballer like Wayne Rooney. That would be interesting!"

Adam, 11, Telford, England

"I think Dakota Fanning should because she would make a good judge."

Sarah, 11, Glasgow, Scotland

"I think that either Diana Vickers, because she has experienced all of this and knows what they are going through, or Kimberly Walsh as she has joined Cheryl a couple of times so knows exactly what to do. It would be good for Cheryl if Kimberly did it as she wouldn't feel as though they were trying to replace her because it would be her close friend!"

Natasha, 13, Gloucestershire, England

"I think Pixie Lott should stand in because I think she would be able to tell whether people were good singers."

Kathleen, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"Lady Gaga should stand in for her because she's got the talent and is a better singer than Cheryl Cole anyway."

Poppy, 12, East Yorkshire, England

"I think it's hard to find someone to replace Cheryl but if anyone I think Kylie, or maybe Kimberly from Girls Aloud!"

Lexi, 14, Hampshire, England

"Lady Gaga, because she is cool and I'd like to see her crazy outfits."

Ashley, 11, Essex, England

"Stefani Germanotta, also known as LADY GAGA!"

Dan, 12, London, England

"I think Lady Gaga should stand in for Cheryl Cole."

Beth, 13, Sheffield, England

"Amanda Holden because she is a very good judge."

Pierre, 12, Nottingham, England

"I think Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud should take Cheryl's place. I think this because Kimberley works with Cheryl and they are really good friends. I love Girls Aloud and I would be over the moon if Kimberley took over!"

Emily, 12, UK

"I think Justin Bieber should stand in for Cheryl as he is a great singer and everybody likes him. It would give him a chance to show how good he is!"

Sarah, 12, Liverpool, England

"I think that Sonali from Newsround should be the new Cheryl Cole because she would be really good at it!"

Sarah, 10, England

"I think that Lady Gaga should stand in for Cheryl because she is kind."

Kieran, 10, County Durham, England

"I think that Peter Andre should do it because he would fit in perfectly and he deserves it!"

Sarah, 14, Staffordshire, England

"I think Pixie Lott would be great for the show because she has lots of talent and knows all about singing and being a popstar!"

Becky, 13, Hertfordshire, England

"I think Leona Lewis, because she's such an amazing singer and like Cheryl, she's been in a TV talent show. It would be really cool for me to see Leona Lewis on The X Factor."

Zahra, 14, West Yorkshire, England

"Aston from JLS because he knows what it feels like for the contestants!"

Owen, 10, Coventry, England

"Maybe Pixie Lott or Alicia Keys."

Olivia, 10, Essex, England

"Kylie Minogue, because she would be really truthful to the performers and give them advice that they need."

Courtney, 11, Warwickshire, England

"I think I should replace her - it's about time a Newsround presenter was on The X Factor!"

Sonali, Newsround presenter

"I think Kimberley Walsh should because she helped Cheryl Cole on The X Factor in 2008, she was really good and had a very open and kind personality!!"

Sara, 12, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think Kylie Minogue could stand in for Cheryl Cole."

Donna, 10, Stoke, England

"I think Katy Perry should because she has singing experience like Cheryl."

Tahlia, 9, London, England

"I think Pixie Lott should stand in for her because Pixie is very glamorous like Cheryl - and Pixie sings really well!"

Tabu, 12, Birmingham, England

"Either one of Cheryl's band mates or Kylie Minogue!"

Harriet, 11, Leeds, England

"I think that Lily Allen should stand in for Cheryl because she knows good music and knows what it's like to sing."

Bethany, 10, Horncastle, England

"I think either Katy Perry, Amanda Holden or one of the Girls Aloud singers should cover for Cheryl."

Sophia, 11, Wolverhampton, England

"I think the funky and quirky Katy Perry should stand in for Cheryl on The X Factor! Especially with her new song California Gurls being such a big hit!"

Kacey-Louise, 14, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland

"I think Alexandra Burke should stand in for Cheryl Cole."

Stephanie, 10, Derbyshire, England

"Amanda Holden, who is a judge on Britain's Got Talent. Piers Morgan could also take Cheryl Cole's place on the panel."

Finlay, 6, Dumfries, Scotland

"I think Kylie Minogue should step in for Cheryl Cole on The X Factor."

Rachel, 11, London, England

"I think that Sharon Osbourne should stand in for Cheryl, though I know that will never happen. I also think that a former contestant should stand in for her, like Leona or Alexandra or anyone who got big because of The X Factor."

Ada, 11, London, England

"Beyonce, Justin Bieber or Lady GaGa."

Kate, 11 Manchester, England

"Maybe Leona Lewis, because she has been through it all and can easily relate to the contestants."

Lizzie, 13, Cambridge, England

"I think Sarah Harding should take Cheryl's place."

Amy, 10, Greater Manchester, England