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Matt Cardle’s voice fears for X Factor

X Factor favourite Matt Cardle was last night forced to miss out performing at a semi-finalists’ secret gig due to illness.

The 27-year-old Essex man turned up to meet fans but had to rest his singing voice because of a sore throat.

And One Directions’s Zain Malik was absent from the event because of a “personal matter”, according to the show’s bosses.

After posing for photographs at London's Hospital Club, Cardle said: “Everybody's been a bit down, health-wise. But I was recording earlier today and it was getting quite painful so I needed to curtail it until Saturday. I hope it's all right.”

The remaining members of One Direction and the other semi-finalists Mary Byrne, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson sang at the intimate event, organised by show sponsors TalkTalk.

An X Factor spokeswoman said Malik was expected to rejoin his bandmates to perform on Saturday's ITV1 show.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that four hopefuls will compete in the final, instead of three.

According to Digital Spy website, judge Louis Walsh told RTE Radio One that only one of the five remaining semi-finalists will be voted out this weekend, allowing four to advance to the final.

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