Saturday 21 October 2017

Gary Barlow threatens to quit X Factor over Louis Walsh’s controversial ‘dead lock’ vote

SHOWBIZ Barlow 1...File photo dated 04/10/11 of Gary Barlow, who admits he is terrified every week as he waits to see how well the show has done in the ratings. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 29, 2011. This year's show has slipped behind BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in the battle for viewers on Saturday nights. The Take That star told Grazia Magazine he was also 'really nervous' about appearing on the live shows. See PA story SHOWBIZ Barlow. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire ...E
SHOWBIZ Barlow 1...File photo dated 04/10/11 of Gary Barlow, who admits he is terrified every week as he waits to see how well the show has done in the ratings. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 29, 2011. This year's show has slipped behind BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in the battle for viewers on Saturday nights. The Take That star told Grazia Magazine he was also 'really nervous' about appearing on the live shows. See PA story SHOWBIZ Barlow. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire ...E
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GARY Barlow has threatened to quit the X Factor in the aftermath of Sunday night’s deadlock controversy – warning producers if the same thing happens again he won’t return to the show.

A meeting was held last night between Barlow and senior producers after the Take That front man refused to return any calls during the week.

The singer told producers that should Rylan be saved over a more talented singer again, he would quit the show for good.

Controversy flared after Mayo man Louis Walsh opted to take Sunday’s sing off to dead lock – after chatting with the show’s executive producer Richard Holloway.

It led to suggestions by fans that Holloway had instructed Walsh to being the show to deadlock in order to save Rylan Clarke – as producers would have known the result of the public vote.

A source told The Sun: “Gary is fiercely proud of his reputation and signed up for the show because he wanted to nurture genuine talent. The reason he wanted to be on it was to put a stop to these tricks and to stop insulting the artists and viewers.

“The pantomime some of his fellow judges bring to the show drives him insane and he believes it undermines the credibility of the whole show. Sunday’s antics infuriated him – he was livid”, they added.

Meanwhile executive producer Holloway has insisted he did not tell Walsh which was to vote during their conversation during the live show : “We never tell the judges what to do” he said.

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