Gary Barlow admits X Factor regrets as he promotes new show Let It Shine


Gary Barlow has confessed he has regrets about some of the decisions he made on on The X Factor.

But he says it was all down to not being able to hear any of the acts a lot of the time.

X Factor fans watching at home have often joked that the judges sometimes appear to be listening to something else when they make their comments, and it turns out they pretty much are.

Gary confessed this week: "I used to sit in that studio at X Factor and it's so loud and the audience are so loud that sometimes you get to the end of the song and think, 'I didn't hear much of that.'

"So you have heard rehearsal and it was great and then you say, 'That was really good'. You watch it back later and go, 'What was I thinking?!' It's hard."

Gary made the comments during an appearance on Channel 4's Chatty Man where he was prompting his new BBC One series Let It Shine.

The Take That star insisted that the new series wasn't intended to rival The X Factor and said there was no 'bad blood' between him and Simon Cowell

"No. No, not at all, this whole thing came from the idea of the musical," Gary explained. "I thought wouldn't it be a great thing to put this on TV and let the audience decide who this band should be."

Joining Gary on the show is former X Factor judge Dannii Minogue, as well as Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp.

"When Dannii and me were talking about doing this show, I think at one point Dannii was like, 'I can't wait to come back to UK TV.'" said Gary. "It just felt like a really good time to do this."

He continued: "Martin is my boy band. When I was a teenager I used to go down with my 50p and buy your singles. I thought what great experience he has got to bring to the panel."

Alan Carr's Christmas Chatty Man airs on Christmas Day at 10.30pm on Channel 4.

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