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Gary Barlow Leaving X Factor

Monday, October 14th, 2013

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has confirmed he is to step down from the talent contest at the end of this series, making the announcement mid-way through a live show.

The Take That front-man, mentoring the groups, commended three-piece Rough Copy as they closed the evening with a cover of the Phil Collins classic, In The Air Tonight.

“I’m so glad for my last year on the show, I get to mentor you,” he said.

Barlow also praised Scot Nicholas McDonald, 16, who sang True by Spandau Ballet – a song from a decade the teenager thinks is like a period drama. The Take That frontman said: “You’ve got everyone on your side.”

His confirmation follows speculation that this would be his final series as a judge on the show.

Elaborating on his departure in a statement later, Barlow, who is to embark on a solo tour next year, said: “I’ve had an amazing time on X Factor these past three years.

“A show like this needs to stay fresh and exciting so it’s a great opportunity for someone to come in and take the show past its incredible 10-year anniversary.

“Next year is looking to be a very busy year for me and [The X Factor] is a full-time job so it felt like the right time to hand over the baton.

“I’ve loved being a part of the show and have met and worked with some fantastic people but most importantly, more than ever, I want to go out with the winning act this year. Come on the groups!”


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