X Factor 2014 judges: Simon Cowell blasts Gary Barlow!

Gary Barlow (X Factor 2013)

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has hit out at former judge Gary Barlow.

The music mogul claimed that the Take That star was a pretty rubbish judge on the panel wasn't fit to run a record label.

Simon insisted that he wasn't being "rude" but claimed that 'celebrity judges' worried too much about competition in the charts.

He said: “A record executive is more likely to want to find the next big star than another artist who may be thinking, ‘I have found a star who could sell more records than me’. I run a record label so I couldn’t care less.”

Instead, Simon gushed about Gary's replacement Cheryl Cole.

“You have got to be wide-eyed and Cheryl, one of the main reasons she is coming back is she is good at that," he said. "She is the one who really spotted Cher Lloyd."

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Simon ruled out a judging panel that would see him and Gary sitting side by side.

“Gary was seen as the head judge and so am I,” he told the tabloid this morning. “It is not so much what I say on the show as what I can do. I do believe I am the best person at spotting a potential star and making them work well on the show.

"That is what I am good at doing, not being a bigmouth – it is making the show I am on better.”

And when it comes to making it better, Simon says that taking the competition "seriously" will be the first step.

“We’ve done as much as we can to say we’re back and we’re taking it seriously. I want to make sure we find somebody we haven’t found before and are moving it on a bit," he explained.

Simon added: “I am conscious that the whole world watches the show now and we’ve got to pull the rabbit out of the hat.

"I am going to be completely on tenterhooks because it is like being on a rollercoaster, you just don’t know.”

The X Factor will begin on ITV later this year.

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