Double shifts for 'X Factor' judge Gary Barlow

Thursday June 2, 2011

Gary Barlow is having to multi-task for his new role on The X Factor - by judging and performing on the same day.

The Take That singer, who attended the first audition of this summer's competition on Wednesday, will watch hopefuls by day and fill stadiums by night on several days.

"Double shifts for me," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

He said he would be attending all 12 auditions, despite clashes with live dates as his group play to 1.7 million people on their sell-out stadium tour.

"That was one of the things, I didn't want to miss any of the audition days.

"I want to see all the talent come through the door," he said.

Explaining his decision to get involved, he said: "I fancied just taking a back-seat for a while and helping other people develop their careers."

Gary doubted there would be any guest appearances from Cheryl Cole, who was axed from the US version of the show last week.

"I think she's possibly turned a corner. We'll see her somewhere else," he added.

Photo: © Rex Features

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