Kimberley Walsh backs Gary Barlow for X Factor

Kimberley Walsh thinks Gary Barlow will make a ''fantastic'' addition to 'The X Factor' judging panel

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Kimberley Walsh thinks Gary Barlow will make a "fantastic" 'X Factor' judge.

The Girls Aloud singer - who is rumoured to be co-presenting spin-off show 'The Xtra Factor' alongside Radio 1 DJ Matt Edmondson - believes employing the Take That star is a "smart move" on series boss Simon Cowell's part.

She explained: "There aren't many people who could replace Simon on 'The X Factor' but Gary Barlow can. He's got his own record label, is an amazing songwriter and a fantastic singer so he's got every base covered.

"It was a smart move on Simon's part."

Kimberley has also leant her backing to Kelly Rowland - who is believed to be taking up one of the female judging panel spots - saying it would be "great" to throw an American star into the mix.

Speaking in her OK! magazine column, she added: "I heard a rumour that Kelly Rowland would make the fourth judge. It'd be great to throw an American into the mix and she's fabulous.

"The new line-up will be so exciting although I can't believe Louis Walsh is still hanging on in there!"

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Solo from Take That's songwriter-singer, promoting his new album, the cheesily titled Since I Saw You Last.

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