Simon Cowell has resigned all of The X Factor judges for the new series later this year, despite doubts over Gary Barlow.
In revelations to be made in his unauthorised biography, Simon apparently feared that the Take That star was too boring for the show.
The music mogul supposedly told X Factor bosses: "I need someone who naturally understands production and the music business."
But Gary will be back this year, alongside Kelly Rowland, Tulisa and Louis Walsh.
"At first Gary appeared to be a bit stiff. But he grew in confidence and stature," Simon is quoted as saying.
He added: "I was nervous about the panel full stop at first - but I've re-signed them all."
Of course, ITV nor The X Factor has yet to officially confirm this year's judging panel.
[cat]The X Factor 2012[/cat] begins filming auditions next month.