Ahead of what is set to be another action packed weekend on the X Factor, Gary Barlow has hinted that he might not return to the judging panel next year as Ladbrokes offer free bets on the outright winner and next elimination.
The Take That singer has previously admitted that he would love to return to the show in 2012, but with the Frankie Cocozza controversy taking its toll, he hinted that he could do with some time off.
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The 40-year-old said: “I’m taking some time off next year to remind myself who my children are and what their names are. Next year doesn’t even feel like it’s approaching.”
He then spoke about organising Children In Need Rocks Manchester on Thursday evening, saying that it was nice to focus his energy on something other than the X Factor.
He continued: “It’s been nice to concentrate on something other than X Factor. We’re in a bubble down there. It’s been good to leave London. We get tied up with our own importance.”
Barlow will get his judging head back on this weekend though as he gets ready to watch the remaining X Factor contestants, including his own acts Marcus Collins and Craig Colton, fight for public votes.
There are only a few weeks left on the show and six acts, so the pressure really is on this weekend. In fact, there are only three live shows before the final, the place where everybody wants to be.
With Misha B – who is widely accepted as one of the most talented acts left in the competition – in the bottom two last week, the cliché of nobody being safe is certainly true.
One poor performance could see you leave the show, so the pressure is on. The standard has been set high for this stage of the competition too, so a lot is expected of the remaining acts.
X Factor is on our TV screens at 8.15pm on Saturday evening, with the results show on Sunday.