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'My dream has come true,' says Ben after X Factor win

X Factor winner Ben Haenow reacts after the result is announced. Credit: X Factor/ITV News

X Factor winner Ben Haenow has spoken of his shock after winning the show's final despite coming in to the night as underdog.

"I don't believe it. I don't believe it. Thank you so much," he said after the result was announced.

"My dream has come true. You can't imagine you are going to get to this point in the competition."

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Mel B returns to X Factor after illness absence

Mel B as she was introduced on the programme tonight. Credit: The X Factor/ITV

Mel B has returned to the X Factor for tonight's final, after she missed yesterday's programme through illness.

The former Spice Girl was released from hospital after being given the OK by doctors today.

Asked by host Dermot O'Leary if she was feeling better, she reponded: "Yes-ish."

"I really missed being here but thanks to all the doctors and nurses who took care of me and got me here tonight," she said.

She added that she was texting her act, Andrea Faustini, "all night", adding he "did such a good job" despite being voted off last night.

Mel B to return to X Factor final after illness

Mel B will be returning to the show tonight.

Former Spice Girl Mel B will return as a judge on tonight's X Factor final, the show has confirmed.

In a statement, the show said it was "delighted to have her back on the panel".

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Mel B misses final after being ill for 'past few days'

Mel B pictured at an event last Sunday. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

X Factor judge Mel B has been unwell for the past few days and missed rehearsals for the upcoming final on Thursday, the show has revealed.

The former Spice Girl will miss tonight's programme following doctor's advice.

The Mirror reported that she was kept in a private ward overnight after receiving treatment.

Tulisa to replace Mel B as guest judge on X Factor final

Tulisa is a former judge on the talent show. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Tulisa Contostavlos will take the place of Mel B as a guest judge on tonight's X Factor final after the former Spice Girl was forced to withdraw with a mystery illness.

The former N-Dubz singer - a previous judge who also appeared as a guest mentor earlier in this series - will offer support to Andrea Faustini during the final.

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