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Louis Walsh arrives in America to guest judge 'X Factor' USA - picture

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Louis Walsh has arrived in America to fill in for an ill Simon Cowell on this weekend's X Factor USA auditions.

Irish presenter Liam McKenna has tweeted an image of Walsh stepping off an aeroplane in Kansas City at night as he prepared to join X Factor judges Britney Spears, LA Reid and Demi Lovato.

Louis Walsh in America for The X Factor auditions

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Cowell has apparently fallen ill with a bout of bronchitis, which has rendered him unable to fulfill his judging duties this weekend.

Walsh jetted to the US after attending auditions for the UK version of The X Factor in Manchester on Thursday (June 7).

An informant previously disclosed details of Cowell choosing Walsh as his replacement, saying: "Simon said [his illness] was an emergency and Louis was the man for the job.

"He said he'd sorted out a private jet for him and he was to get on it as soon as he finished up in Manchester."

The Irish music manager has judged The X Factor UK since 2004, with the exception of a single season where he was replaced by choreographer Brian Friedman for part of it.

The X Factor USA returns to Fox this fall.

Photo gallery - The X Factor USA judges at season two auditions:

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