Take That lead singer Gary Barlow is to return to The X Factor judging panel for the 2012 series.
One of Britain’s most successful singer songwriters, Gary has amassed twelve UK No. 1 hits and is a five times recipient of the Ivor Novello award for songwriting.
After successfully mentoring his acts throughout last year’s competition and taking Marcus Collins to the live final at Wembley Arena, Gary is ready to begin the search for the next generation of talent on the nation’s biggest television show.
“I’m thrilled to be back and really looking forward to working with The X Factor team again,” said Gary.
“The fact that a superstar could just walk out on that stage is very exciting.”
Simon Cowell added: “It’s great to be able to confirm our first judge for this year’s show. Gary has earned his place and I’m excited to be working with him again.”
In an exciting first for the series, everyone aged 16 and above can enter whether they are an amateur artist, have had a management deal in the past or have one now.
The other three Judges will be announced soon, as the auditions take place in late spring.
The series will return to ITV1 and ITV2 later this year.
Matt Edmondson has been named the new host of The Xtra Factor. The Radio 1 DJ and television host will front the ITV2 show, and, in a big change to the spin off show’s format, Xtra will be going live… Read more
ITV has announced the panel for this year’s X Factor. Rock royalty Sharon Osbourne, pop sensation Nicole Scherzinger and chart maestro Louis Walsh, will sit alongside The X Factor creator and music mogul Simon Cowell on the panel. They will… Read more
Cheryl Cole is to be revealed as one of the judges of X Factor 2014 on Tuesday. According to Dan Wootton from The Sun newspaper, Cheryl has signed a £1.5 million deal to return to the reality TV show later… Read more