Barlow to be X Factor judge

TAKE That star Gary Barlow has been “confirmed” as a judge on the new series of The X Factor, according to reports.

The singer will take the place of Simon Cowell, who is fronting the show in the US.

Cowell, who spoke to reporters as he arrived for filming of the US show, said: “Gary Barlow is the first person confirmed.”

It is thought Barlow will be joined by returning judges Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh on the show.

It was announced last week that Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole will accompany Cowell on the American version of the talent show, leaving one more position to be filled on the British judging panel.

A show insider said no contracts had been signed by any of the judges.

Mounting speculation has seen several names put forward as possible judges, including Lily Allen and Strictly Come Dancing star Alesha Dixon.


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