Gary Barlow told to stop being harsh to hopefuls The X Factor 2011 auditions!

Gary Barlow

It sounds as though Take That star Gary Barlow is getting quite a reputation on The X Factor 2011 already, as one of the meanest judges the series has ever seen! According to The Sun however the singer-songwriter has been told to stop being so harsh with the hopefuls!

"It's like Gary's evil twin turned up to judge. He's making Simon look like Mary Poppins," a source said. "When he told singer Pebbles she looked like a man at her Birmingham audition, you could have heard a pin drop. She was mortified and immediately complained.

"There have been several complaints over Gary's dressing-downs. One singer said they felt like killing themselves after coming off stage. Gary has been asked to tone it down by contestants."

While some of his comments may be near the knuckle, show bosses are reportedly "thrilled" with him as a judge so far. "He's a complete natural," a production source said, "There's no doubt he'll be the star of the series now that Cheryl has gone - and he won't be short of TV work in the future."

Gary is joined on this year's X Factor panel by fellow new judges, N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos and US singer Kelly Rowland, and the only returning judge Louis Walsh.

The second round of X Factor 2011 auditions start in Glasgow this afternoon.

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