X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow slams "average" talent on last year's show

Gary Barlow

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has claimed that last year's finalits weren't good enough.

In a bit of a dig at last year's winners Little Mix and runner up Marcus Collins, who was mentored by Gary, the Take That star branded them "average".

"My complaint at the end of last year is I thought the contestants weren’t good enough," Gary tells the Metro newspaper today. "I thought we had a pretty average year last year and this year coming back I am really stoked."

Gary was also quizzed on this year's falling ratings, but insisted there wasn't nothing he or his fellow judges could do to improve the figures.

"I don’t know enough… if we were talking about records I could tell you the demographic or whatever. I don’t know about audience figures," he said.

Gary continued: "To be honest it’s not my problem. They are not going to get more audience figures because my critique is better. They are not tuning in to see me."

He added: "They are tuning in to see people become stars."

Let's hope that this year's lot will turn out better than last series' "average" line up!

[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] live shows start this Saturday night on ITV1, with the results show following on Sunday night with guest performances from Ne-Yo and Leona Lewis.

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