XFactor 2012: Gary Barlow excited for Manchester final

Gary Barlow (X Factor 2012)

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has said he can't wait for next month's final, which will be held in Manchester.

This year's final will take place at the Manchester Central arena.

It's the first time in the show's history that the Final has moved out of London and it is set to be one of the most thrilling entertainment events of the year.

X Factor Judge, Louis Walsh said at the beginning of the show: “Our Live Final is going to be another major event - so The X Factor 2012 has everything! I believe it’s going to be our best series yet.”

Meanwhile Gary said this week, with just two live shows to go before the final: "It’s amazing! I already know how excited the Mancunians are about the fact that the Final is going to be held in their city.

"I think you’re guaranteed a blinding audience in Manchester. The audience is going to go crazy. I can’t wait!"

Speaking to the official ITV1 X Factor website about the remaining acts, Gary said he has been most impressed with Jahmene Douglas.

The Take That star explained: "Jahmene has been on a big journey. Confidence-wise, I’ve seen him grow each week. It’s been wonderful to see his self-esteem improve in the way that is has. Christopher was also a bag of nerves at the start and now he’s happy as Larry"

And Gary even gave Nicole Scherzinger some tips for mentoring Rylan.

He said: "If I had to mentor Rylan, I’d give him a Belinda Carlisle classic. I could just imagine him belting out Heaven Is a Place on Earth. He’d go to town with the hairspray and 80s shoulder-pads. He must do it!"


The X Factor 2012 continues this Saturday on ITV1 and ITV1HD, with the final five acts sing two tracks each with Abba and Motown themes.

Sunday's results show will see one more act get the axe, and there will be performances from Rhianna, Tulisa and Bruno Mars.

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