Gary Barlow explains tough stance

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow admits he is a ''tough'' 'X Factor' judge because he feels he has aresponsibility to be honest with hopefuls.

Gary Barlow admits he is a very "tough" 'X Factor' judge.

The Take That singer has joined the panel of the TV talent show alongside Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland and believes he has a duty to give a realistic picture of how hard it is to establish a music career, and will reject hopefuls he doesn't think have the mental strength to cope.

He said: "If they're no good I'll say I'm not interested. But I'm going to be tough on everyone, especially the acts I'll be looking after because it's serious, this.

"It's bloody hard to make a living in music and I don't want to dress it up for anybody.

"Our responsibility is to mentor these people properly and we put through the ones that not only deserve a place but are also mentally prepared to take it on.

"They're plucked from nowhere and 'The X Factor' spotlight is bigger than any other. You see the slightest sign they can't deal with that. well you can't use them."

Gary is currently juggling his 'X Factor' schedule with Take That's tour but insists he won't ever complain about his heavy workload because of his previous years in the pop wilderness when his solo career failed.

He added to Time Out magazine: "Workwise, they're pretty tough those days, but from a mental situation - which I'm often driven by - as I'd sit there in the helicopter being taken from 'The X Factor' to a gig, I'd think, 'This is life at the top, as big as it gets.'

"You won't find me complaining about that because I know what it's like to be out of work with nobody interested in you, and it's s**t."

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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