X Factor 2012: Gary Barlow is most popular judge (says Twitter)

Gary Barlow (X Factor 2012)

X Factor judge Gary Barlow is the most talked about of the show's panelists, it's been revealed.

Even before his spat with Tulisa at the weekend, the Take That star has been getting fans of the show tweeting constantly throughout the past two weeks.

Data compiled by Hit Search Reputation Management software over the past fourteen days showed that Gary enjoyed a much greater percentage of mentions over his rival judges, perhaps hinting at why his two remaining acts have stayed in the competition, despite being tipped to leave.

Before the weekend's latest live show, Gary's popularity ranged from 25% to as much as 49% of all mentions, with Tulisa and Nicole battling for second spot and Louis last.

However the weekend's antics saw Tulisa come close to overtaking Gary, with the N-Dubz star achieving as much as 43% of mentions.

Louis, the only judge without an official Twitter account, has so far failed to pick up many fans on the social networking website.

However his act Union J are by far the most popular contestants online, with more than 500,000 followers, but even that didn't stop them from being in the bottom two last Sunday night.

[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] continues this Saturday night on ITV1.

The latest results show follows on Sunday evening, which will feature performances from Rita Ora and No Doubt, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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