Gary Barlow is the latest X Factor star to turn up on BBC1, news bound not to go down well with talent show boss Simon Cowell.

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Gary Barlow - Miranda's love interest

The Sun reports that the Take That singer will be cropping up alongside comedienne Miranda Hart on her sitcom Miranda next month, playing the single-girl character's love interest, as well as that of her mother, played by Patricia Hodge. Read more here...

The new series of Miranda is scheduled to kick off just as X Factor is gearing up for its big finale, so Cowell is bound to furrow his brow at the timing of one of his biggest star's appearances on BBC1.

Barlow is not the first from the X Factor camp to jump across the river. While he visibly crowed at persuading Alesha Dixon away from the panel of Strictly Come Dancing to join Britain's Got Talent earlier this year, he was probably not so pleased with news that the BBC's ballroom dancing show would be playing host to Cheryl Cole - his one-time golden girl - and her Girls Aloud bandmates for their comeback debut.