X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow loves the show this year (just don't mention Rylan!)

Gary Barlow

X Factor 2012 judge Gary Barlow has insisted that he's loved the show this year.

The Take That admitted recently that he had had a "miserable" time on his fist series last summer, and was tempted to quit.

But speaking the Daily Telegraph ahead of the live shows, Gary confessed he's had a much better time this series.

"I've bloody loved it," Gary declared. "I know what it is now. I'm hoping it follows me through to the live shows. I just want to enjoy it."

Gary also revealed just why he had originally signed up for the series, claiming that he wanted to take part because it scared him.

"When you're in a band like we are, we're a big British act, we're so protected from everything – our interviews, the TV shows, they're all pre-recorded," he explained.

He added: "You're in this bubble, and no one's allowed too close, but with this show the lid is lifted on everything, and it's just you."

The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday night on ITV1, with the results show following on Sunday night with performances from Taylor Swift and Rebecca Ferguson.

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