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Gary Barlow Admits He Hasn’t Spoken To Former Boss Simon Cowell In Three Years

The Take That star is about to launch a rival talent show.

11/07/2016 11:45

Gary Barlow has revealed that he hasn’t spoken to his former boss Simon Cowell since he quit his job as a judge on the ‘The X Factor’ three years ago.

The singer made the admission as he prepares to launch his own rival talent show, ‘Let It Shine’, which will recruit five singers to form a group to star in a stage show about Take That’s music.

The new series, which is set to air on BBC One later this year, is reportedly being closely watched by Simon’s lawyers in case it copies the format of ‘The X Factor’, which might explain why the pair haven’t been in touch.

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Gary said: “I haven’t spoken to him since I left X Factor three years ago. My show’s totally separate.”

Gary replaced Simon on ‘The X Factor’ in 2011 and stayed for three series.

But as viewers began to desert the show, Simon blamed Gary for the fall in ratings.

Simon said at the time: “Gary was seen as the head judge - and so am I. I do believe I am the best person at spotting a potential star and making them work well on the show.

“That is what I am good at doing, not being a big-mouth on the show. It is making the show I am on better.”

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As well as ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Simon also runs a number of shows overseas, including ‘La Banda’, a South American programme which searches for individuals to make into a band.

Earlier this month, a source told The Mirror: “Simon’s team is keeping a close eye on Gary’s show.

“They want to make sure that it’s completely different to his own projects – otherwise there could be trouble.

“As the trailblazer in the TV talent show sector, it’s no surprise Cowell wants to protect his brand.

“He keeps an eye on all the developments in the industry as they could impact on his business.”

‘Let It Shine’ will be hosted by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc, and is believed to follow a similar format to the Beeb’s previous talent shows ‘Over The Rainbow’, ‘I’d Do Anything’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?’.

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