The Take That singer is currently looking for a new group to appear in ‘The Band’, a jukebox musical featuring the boyband’s biggest hits.
Speaking to The Mirror, he explained: “You don’t want baggage of any kind. This is a show going to go into theatre - pre-conceived reactions towards people is a bad thing. We’re looking for young, fresh talent.
Gary previously served as a judge for three series of ‘The X Factor’, replacing Simon Cowell when he took the franchise to the US, although none of the acts he mentored ever won the show.
In the lead-up to the launch of ‘Let It Shine’, it was reported he’d thrown some subtle shade at his former ITV stomping ground, when he said: “This [show] is for a job, it is not someone waving a contract.
“The record business is very hard now I can’t even predict what is going to be successful or not. But with this I was able to sit there and say the reason you are here today is a job… By the end of the year I hope these will be the start of careers of years to come.”
‘Let It Shine’ airs on Saturday nights on BBC One.