The X Factor winner Leon Jackson has pulled out of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations due to ill health, organisers have confirmed.

The 19-year-old star is suffering from tonsillitis and has been forced to cancel his performances over the next two weeks.

He had been set to kick off the capital’s annual Hogmanay Street Party with a performance on the Waverley Stage.

Leon, whose debut single When You Believe is the UK No 1 single for a second week, broke the news to organisers on Monday morning.

He said: “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.”

The Rt Honourable George Grubb, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, has expressed his disappointment that The X Factor star is unable to play.

He said: “We are very disappointed that Leon is unable to play tonight. His presence would have been a great way to open the celebrations, but we are still very excited about the excellent entertainment that we have lined up on all the stages tonight.”

Around 100,000 revellers are expected at Edinburgh’s street party with about 15,000 in Glasgow’s George Square.

Kasabian, Calvin Harris and Idlewild will be headlining the capital’s Concert in the Gardens.