Gary Barlow insists there's no bad blood between him and Simon Cowell

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Gary Barlow says there is no rivalry with Simon Cowell as he prepares to launch his own talent show.

Former X Factor judge Gary will be fronting new BBC One series Let it Shine from January, as he auditions budding singers for a new musical.

Earlier this year there were reports that the show had sparked a rivalry between Gary and X Factor boss Simon Cowell.

"Simon’s team is keeping a close eye on Gary’s show," a source told the Daily Mirror previously. "They want to make sure that it’s completely different to his own projects – otherwise there could be trouble."

At the time, Gary revealed: "I haven’t spoken to him since I left X Factor three years ago. My show’s totally separate.”

Speaking on Channel 4's Chatty Man Christmas special this week, the Take That star insisted that Let It Shine wasn't intended to rival The X Factor.

"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 his fellow 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.

Let It Shine begins on January 7 on BBC One.

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