Kelly Rowland has a throat infection

X Factor judge Kelly Rowland was replaced by X Factor 2008 winner Alexandra Burke tonight.

Destiny’s Child star Kelly, 30, has had to stay in LA because she has a throat infection and cannot fly.

Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos welcomed Alex, 23 – and also a brand new member of The Risk, the first act on the show.

Ashley Baptiste, 22, quit and Nu Vibe‘s Ashford Campbell, 16, has joined the boys as his replacement.

The Risk performed Michael Jackson’s Thriller for Halloween night.

Read the latest X Factor gossip in Now magazine dated 31 October 2011 – out now!

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