Take That Singer Gary Barlow to Return as Judge on 'X Factor' U.K.
LONDON - Gary Barlow from boy band Take That will return as a judge on the U.K. edition of The X Factor later this year, Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment unveiled Tuesday on Twitter.
He is the first to be confirmed for the music talent show's latest season, set to kick off at the end of summer. The lineup of judges, which last year included Kelly Rowland, is expected to see some changes though after ratings last season declined amid the absence of Cowell who then focused on the launch of the U.S. version.
U.K. band Take That first arrived on the music scene in big style in the 1990s. Its five members also included Robbie Williams. Their hit songs included "How Deep Is Your Love," "Relight My Fire" and" Back for Good." A reunion last year played to sold-out crowds in the U.K.
Just before 7pm London time, Cowell teased on Twitter: "We are moments away from announcing our first judge on @TheXFactor UK this year…" Syco then tweeted: "We are excited to announce @GBarlowOfficial as our first judge on @TheXFactor UK 2012."
The X Factor Twitter account then shared this contribution: "The big man himself - @SimonCowell told us: "Gary has earned his place and I’m excited to be working with him again.” - how X-citing."
And Barlow himself also expressed his excitement via Twitter: "I'm so happy to tell you all that I'm back on the X factor this year," he said. "See you at auditions."