Gary Barlow sounds like he might've had enough of the circus that is this year's UK 'X Factor', the judge hinting at a recent charity gig he'd organised that he might not be returning to the show next year. With huge judge fallouts - which at one point saw Kelly Rowland head home to the Us - a sharp fall in TV ratings so that it sits behind bitter rivals 'Strictly Come Dancing' in popularity, and former contestant Frankie Cocozza 's cocaine scandal that saw him kicked out of the show, the last thing show bosses need is Barlow's dissenting voice. Yet if the Take That man wasn't explicitly critical of the show, he did make it sound like a break next year was very much in mind.
The UK's Daily Mirror reports that the star said, "I'm taking some time off next year to remind myself who my children are and what their names are . Next year doesn't even feel like it's approaching." Rumours have abounded all series that judges may be changed following a fall in ratings and in-fighting, but Barlow has been the one judge to escape largely unscathed from any such gossip, making a firm impression in his first year on the show.
Speaking whilst up in Manchester at the Children In Needs Charity, he took a brief swipe at the show, saying "It's been nice to concentrate on something other than X Factor," he said. "We're in a bubble down there. It's been good to leave London. We get tied up with our own importance."