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Simon Cowell has confirmed Gary Barlow will be a judge on this year’s ‘X Factor’

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Simon Cowell has confirmed Gary Barlow will be a judge on this year’s ‘X Factor’.

The music mogul – who, along with Cheryl Cole, has quit his place on the judging panel to launch the US version of the talent show – revealed the Take That singer will replace him on the ITV1 programme and is the only judge to have signed a contract so far.

Simon said: “Gary Barlow is the first person confirmed.”

Before Gary was officially confirmed for the role, Simon was championing him, saying he would be the perfect judge.

He said: “I think he would be terrific on it. He’s very competitive.”

While regular judges Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue are yet to sign their contracts, it is widely believed ‘Strictly Coming Dancing’ panellist Alesha Dixon is being tipped to join them as the fourth judge.

However, Simon says nothing is confirmed and while he won’t be on the panel, he will still be heavily involved with the show.

He said: “I’m not worried about it being a success. I promise you I’m still going to be involved in the show. We are literally making it up on a daily basis and I really mean that. We are trying to come up with the best idea.”

Due to Gary’s involvement, ITV bosses have now pushed back auditions until later this month and are working on dates which will allow him to perform with Take That on their stadium tour, ‘Progress Live’, which starts on May 27 in Sunderland and finishes with eight nights at London’s Wembley Stadium in July.

Take That’s Orange writes new TV drama

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007


Those Take That lads have it all – adoring fans, pots of money and Lulu’s autograph. But it’s just not enough for Thatter (is that what we call them?) Jason Orange, who is to move into TVland as a writer. According to DS, the former dancer has written a comedy drama called ‘Popstars and Pilots’, all about trendy 30-somethings in Notting Hill. The This-Life style show includes characters Kate (a songwriter – so she must be based on Gary Barlow), Gabriel (a pop star – Robbie Williams) and Andy (an airline pilot – erm, beats me.)

A source has told The Daily Star: “The show is going to have some serious themes but there will be plenty of comedy elements, too. It will take a look at modern city life, interweaving storylines with songs and contemporary dance.” And Jase is already looking forward to it: “I’m very excited about the whole project.” The programme, which would run for 10 weeks has both the BBC and Channel 4 pricking up their ears in interest. Take That stars on TV, eh? Whatever next – Gary Barlow on Heartbeat, no wait…