Leona Lewis was booed at X Factor 2012 auditions this week after joining the panel as a guest judge, Gary Barlow has revealed.
The Take That star admitted that he had reservations about the singer joining the panel due her reputation of being a bit boring.
"I think people think Leona’s a bit bland but she was great fun, even though she got booed," he said.
Speaking at the try outs at London's O2 this week, Gary went on: "I had to tell her beforehand, 'Don’t let the audience sway you ‘cos they’re a brutal crowd at the auditions'".
In an interview with the Metro after the auditions in London, Gary also branded previous guest judges Geri Halliwell "crazy" and Rita Ora "really great".
He told the newspaper: "We also had Geri in Liverpool, who was crazy and lived up to expectations and we’ve had Rita Ora for the last couple of days who has been really great."
[cat]The X Factor 2012[/cat] auditions continue in Manchester next week. The show returns to ITV1 in the summer.