X Factor runner up Marcus Collins has revealed that his former mentor on the show, Gary Barlow, "definitely" wants to return this year.
According to the Daily Mail, Marcus let slip that the Take That star is hoping to be back again in the summer.
ITV are said to be "desperate" to keep the singer and songwriter, although show boss Simon Cowell is understood to be less keen.
But a source told the newspaper: "Gary wasn’t perfect last year but who else is there? Only Paul McCartney, Elton and Noel Gallagher have more gravitas."
The X Factor UK panel is expected to be confirmed next month, with the show returning to screens in August.