Gary Barlow wants to find 'the next generation' of UK singers on The X Factor

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow has said he wants to take part in The X Factor to help find the next generation of music talent in the UK. As auditions kicked off in Birmingham this week. Take That star Gary joined the show this year alongside fellow new judges Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland.

Joined by Louis Walsh, the group kicked off this year's audition tour at the LG Arena on Wednesday. Gary told us on the first day of auditions: "[I'm here] to find the next generation of star. There's so many youngsters out there with talent that need a platform like this to be noticed."

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US singer Kelly Rowland said: "I'm just so excited to be here you and cannot wait to get started."

In the auditions and it looked as though Gary had already found what he was after, telling a 16-year-old auditionee, "You're exactly why I joined this show," after she belted out Gnarls Barkley's 'Crazy' to a packed audience. The songwriter was pretty quick to criticise the hopefuls however, telling one contestant there was "nothing original" in his audition.

Meanwhile Gary Barlow revealed he was in contact with former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole. He told other reporters on the red carpet: “I’m sending support. She is a good friend of mine so I am sad that she has gone [and] of course I would like her to be here but we have got two great new girls. I’ve spoken to her and I think she has turned a corner now. I would say she is going places. And do you know what? Cheryl will move on to something else.

“I know her quite well and she is an ambitious girl. She’s very together. She will get over this, no question.”

The Britain's Got Talent 2011 auditions continue in Glasgow on Monday.

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