With the whole nation obsessed with the on and off-screen antics of the X Factor judges, it’s high time we sat down for a chat with head judge Gary Barlow.
The Take That star has spoken exclusively to heat, addressing the Kelly Rowland vs Tulisa feuding and explaining why he actually enjoys being booed by the X Factor audience.
“I don’t get involved in any backstage gossip,” Gary insists. “What goes on backstage should stay backstage. I don’t get involved in any backstage gossip.”
As for the reported falling out between Kelly Rowland and Tulisa, Gary admits that he thinks the N-Dubz star was wrong to bring up her issues with Misha on the live show.
“I didn’t think it was fair on Misha at all [when Tulisa accused her of misbehaving towards her acts], and there was much more professional way of handling it.” But Gary refuses to take sides, “Kelly and Tulisa are both great, talented people.”
Gary – who has been dubbed this year’s Mr Nasty after replacing X Factor boss Simon Cowell – also revealed to heat that he secretly likes being booed by fans, “Being booed is quite addictive,” says Gary. “Having been cheered for the last 20 years in Take That! I love it.”
Buy this week’s issue of heat magazine (on sale now) to find out what else Gary has to say – including his thoughts on returning to The X Factor next year, what he really thinks about Louis Walsh, and how he’s coping with pressure if being an X Factor mentor.
Gary's going it solo
Tickets for Gary Barlow’s first solo shows in over 11 years sold out minutes after going on sale on Friday (28 October). Tickets for the two concerts (5 & 6 December), which will raise funds for youth charity The Prince’s Trust and The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry.
Gary says "I've been overwhelmed at the response for both shows which sold out on Friday. Fans will be glad to know we've kept some back with great views of the stage to auction off to the highest bidder so we can make as much money as we possibly can for The Princes Trust."
Fans who missed out can now bid for the last remaining tickets online at www.gigsandtours.com/garybarlow. The auction, which launches today (28 October) and runs until 8pm on Wednesday 2 November, will see tickets go to the highest bidders.