Blue hunk Simon Webbe was rushed to hospital yesterday (29OCT03) after collapsing in rehearsal, sparking fears their upcoming tour could be axed.

The 24-year-old singer, who has been diagnosed with a severe viral infection, fell ill during a practice with the ALL RISE four-piece in preparation for their British tour, due to kick off on Monday (03NOV03).

Webbe has been forced into quarantine to prevent his bandmates Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Antony Costa being exposed to the bug.

The chart-toppers may have to cancel some of their 27 dates as a result of his illness.

A spokesman says, "It's a nightmare. He's gutted."

30/10/2003 02:23