X Factor's Gary Barlow branded "excruciating" by Sinead O'Connor

Gary Barlow

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has been given a rather rude telling off today, by Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, she criticised the Take That star for the "excruciating" way he looks at the contestants on the show.

The Nothing Compares 2U singer revealed: "I find it hard to watch it because I can't stand the way some of the judges treat the performers.

"That guy Gary Barlow he has this horrible way of looking at people. If he was my son I'd be having a serious word with him about the way he's talking to people or treating people. I find it excruciating to look at."

The 44-year-old also claimed the show was exploiting people with apparent mental health problems, saying: "I don't think the people running the show are the kind of people who think about the effect of their behaviour upon people.

"But when you look at the panel they're crying all the time - it's like therapy."

And O'Connor insisted she wouldn't want to see her children on the show.

"My daughter wants to be a singer. But I wouldn't want to put her into a situation like The X Factor where she would be vulnerable to being looked at by someone which is a huge thing for a 15- or 16-year-old to deal with," she said.

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