Latest X-Factor Drama:Kelly given 48 hours to return

‘Tulisa and I have no relationship. The show has become a living hell’ says Kelly

Kelly Rowland has 48 hours to return to the UK as Simon has given her an ultimatum as to whether she wants to keep her place on the judging panel.

The singer has insisted that wants to retain her position on the show, but needs to consult her doctor to see if she is well enough to fly, as she has been grounded in the US due to a severe throat infection.

Kelly has said that rows with fellow judge Tulisa Contostavlos are making her life ‘a living hell.’

Meanwhile the ratings freefall continued as the X Factor pulled 9.9 million viewers to Strictly Come Dancing’s 10.2.

Alexandra Burke stepped in last night to cover for Kelly following a 24 hour crisis as to who would take her place for the live show.

A show insider told The People last night: ‘Kelly has been told it’s time to make her mind up. Everyone is supportive of the fact she is ill but other bosses are annoyed at the situation.

‘She doesn’t want to quit. She is adamant that she isn’t worried about the row she had with Tulisa and wants to return but she has to give the ­producers her word – and fast.’

If Kelly does return her presence will make for a tense situation on set however, as the Destiny’s Child star has confided in friends that she feels she will have to change her place on the judging panel to avoid sitting next to Tulisa.

‘Tulisa and I have no relationship. The show has become a living hell. I don’t know how long I can tolerate this for,’ Kelly admitted, according to a friend speaking to The Mirror.

‘None of ­Tulisa’s acts go anywhere near Kelly on set,’ the friend continued.

‘Kelly was told to ‘stay out of it’ by Tulisa when she ­offered advice on her acts two weeks ago and it’s been frosty between them ever since. Kelly’s just not used to this infighting and bitching.’

‘She’s feeling ­extremely ­uncomfortable with ­Tulisa and doesn’t feel like she can ­approach her to make amends – it’s like ­Dannii Minogue and Sharon ­Osbourne all over again,’ added the friend.