Wednesday 26 July 2017

Gary Barlow tells fellow judges to 'stop bickering'

Rosa Silverman

XFACTOR judge Gary Barlow today condemned the "bickering" that has dogged the reality TV show, saying it was not what viewers were tuning in for.

The focus should be on the contestants' on-stage performances and not the judges' arguments, he insisted.



Speaking on ITV's Daybreak he said: "I'll be honest, we're not too fond of all falling out because it's all about the contestant, it's got to be with this competition. That's what people are tuning in for.



"They can have bickering at home every day of the week. I don't like us to be seen bickering on stage."



His comments came after an on-screen row between judges Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos.



Barlow is reported to have hosted a peace summit of sorts for the pair and demanded that they clear the air.



Arguing that the show should not be about the judges' feud, he said: "It's all about what we're putting on the stage and whether we like it or not, so when we all start falling out I'm not a fan of that at all."



Rowland told BBC Radio 1's Chris Moyles Show that she spoke to Tulisa last night and said the pair had "agreed to disagree".



Barlow said he was not worried by Essex teenager Frankie Cocozza's partying antics, telling Moyles: "I've had this conversation with him. He feels the need as an 18-year-old to go out and let his hair down."



Fellow judge Louis Walsh tipped Cocozza as one of the two acts to be voted off the show in a double eviction this weekend, but Barlow defended his act.



The Take That star said: "The point is with Frankie, we've never tried to sell him as the best singer."



But he added that "people aren't connecting" with eccentric contestant Kitty Brucknell.



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