Gary Barlow 'to be X Factor judge'
Published 09/05/2011 | 13:23
Gary Barlow has been "confirmed" as a judge on the new series of The X Factor, according to reports.
The singer will take the place of Simon Cowell, who is fronting the show in the United States.
Simon, who spoke to reporters as he arrived for filming of the US show, said: "Gary Barlow is the first person confirmed."
It is thought Gary will be joined by returning judges Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh on the ITV1 show.
He will have to fit in filming between dates on Take That's sell-out tour, which begins on May 27 at Sunderland's Stadium Of Light.
The band, complete with Robbie Williams, played at last year's X Factor final.
It was announced last week that Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole will accompany Simon on the American version of the talent show, leaving one more position to be filled on the UK judging panel.
A show insider said no contracts had been signed by any of the judges.
Mounting speculation has seen several names put forward as possible judges, including Lily Allen and Strictly Come Dancing star Alesha Dixon.
A spokeswoman for the show said: "We will announce the full line-up for The X Factor very soon."