Gary Barlow to return for The X Factor 2013 after making up with Simon Cowell?

Gary Barlow (X Factor 2012)

Take That star Gary Barlow is reportedly set to remain on The X Factor judging panel after ending his feud with Simon Cowell.

The pair have been at loggerheads since last February, with Cowell taking several digs at his enemy in his controversial tell-all biography.

He is believed to have been jealous that the Queen awarded Barlow an OBE last year, and delighted when the 42-year-old became embroiled in a tax scandal with bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald.

And despite being backed by head honchos at ITV, Gary hinted that he'd bow to the pressure and leave the show, claiming that he might not have 'room in his diary' for another series.

But The Mirror has suggested that they have since patched up their differences, and Simon is now happy for Gary to retain his position as head judge.

A source 'close' to the 53-year-old media mogul told the newspaper: "Simon and Gary are in a good place now – and Gary looks a good bet to be back on the show this year."

Another insider added: "ITV, Simon and X Factor execs all met up in the last few weeks. They have come up with a list of judges they want – and Gary is one of them."

The X Factor rumour mill has been hard at work in recent weeks, with reports claiming that Mel B is set to replace Tulisa after impressing viewers with her no-nonsense attitude during a guest appearance last year.

However, the Spice Girl is said to be keen on remaining on the Australian version, and recently signed a deal to replace Sharon Osbourne on America's Got Talent.

Auditions for the The X Factor's tenth run will begin in the coming weeks.

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