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the Razz: LEON JACKS IN; Sick star calls off Hogmanay gigs.

Byline: BEVERLEY LYONS AND LAURA SUTHERLAND

XFACTOR winner Leon Jackson pulled out of three New Year gigs, including Edinburgh's huge Hogmanay party last night, after losing his voice.

West Lothian chart-topper Leon, marked his 19th birthday and a second week at No.1, by having a bash in Scotland on Sunday night.

The bubbles were flowing as he celebrated his double victory on Sunday in Glasgow's Tiger Tiger nightclub with 100 close friends and family.

After arriving in a Hummer, a thrilled Leon mingled with pals as they tucked into chicken curry and he even found time to joke about one of his pals who looked like Rhydian. Despite a report in a downmarket English tabloid that Welsh rival Rhydian had turned up to join the celebrations, the Razz can reveal Leon's "surprise guest" was a mere lookalike - a close pal from Whitburn who shares the same shock of blonde hair.

Last night, a spokesman for Leon confirmed:"It's totally untrue Rhydian was at his birthday party, so other papers should check their facts."

Leon left his birthday party around midnight after feeling poorly and yesterday morning told organisers of the Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations he was pulling out as a result of throat problems. Events organisers and thousands of fans were left disappointed as he cancelled appearances at the 100,000 capacity Edinburgh gig, as well as two other gigs at Falkirk's Rosie's club and Dumfermline's newly opened Velocity nightspot.

Leon, who reckons he won't be able to perform for another two weeks, said: "I've had to cancel because I've got tonsillitis.

"I'm just disappointed to be letting people down but it wouldn't feel nice to get on stage and not be able to deliver."

Leon's spokesman added: "Leon has got tonsillitis and was feeling unwell at the birthday party on Sunday night. The doctor told him not to perform because of his voice. He now has the rest of the week off."

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh George Grubb said: "We are very disappointed Leon is unable to play.

"His presence would have been a great way to open the celebrations but we are still very excited about the excellent entertainment we have lined up."

John Gallacher, of Castle Leisure, who also faced disappointed fans at his two nightclubs last night, said: "We'll give full refunds to everybody who got tickets and give first refusal to ticket-holders for the next gig."

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