Gary Barlow almost rejected X Factor

Take That star Gary Barlow almost turned down 'The X Factor' because he had already agreed to front a new BBC series to find an Olympics singer

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Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow almost turned down 'The X Factor' because he had already agreed to front a new series to find an Olympics singer.

The Take That star was set to be the head judge on a new BBC show which aimed to find a star to perform at the London Games next year and was left disappointed when Olympics chiefs put a stop to it as they wanted a big name.

So the singer eventually signed up to 'The X Factor' after agreeing a £1.5 million deal with the show's boss Simon Cowell.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Gary really wanted to do a show on the BBC as he believes in its public service mission.

"He loved the idea of finding an amazing unknown singer to appear at the opening ceremony in 2012.

"But Olympics chiefs made it known they wanted big name acts to perform instead and the show had to be pulled. It was only then that Gary turned to The X Factor and became the new Simon Cowell."

Gary - who is joined on the panel by Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos - has said he was keen to do the ITV1 show as he wanted to give wannabe musicians a break.

He said: "I'm here to find the next generation of stars. There are so many youngsters out there with talent who need a platform like 'The X Factor' to be noticed."

Gary Barlow

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

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