X Factor bouncer Gary Barlow

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 July 2011
Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Head 'X Factor' judge Gary Barlow had to eject a ''weird'' contestant from auditions after he refused to leave the stage

Gary Barlow ordered a "weirdo" contestant off the 'X Factor' stage when he refused to leave.

The Take That star stepped up after moody Michael Lewis protested when judge Tulisa Contostavlos branded his performance of Geri Halliwell''s 'Look At Me' "a bit weird" and slammed the audience as "two-faced and shallow" when they booed him after he failed to score any yes votes.

After Michael - who was booed off last year's auditions for his Michael Jackson impersonations - lay on the stage and refused to move, Gary strode up, handed him his jacket which he'd thrown on the floor and told him to go home.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Everyone was very grateful. Michael acted like a child by slumping down on the stage and it was clear Gary wasn't going to tolerate that behaviour.

"He really stepped up to his role as head judge."

Meanwhile, Jedward - who finished sixth on 'The X Factor' in 2009 - have revealed they are "in talks" to assist Louis Walsh in mentoring his group at the Judges' Homes stage of the competition.

Edward Grimes said: "I want to see someone get bigger than the show."

His twin brother John added to OK! TV: "Yeah, we need to find a superstar who can rival me and Edward."

Gary Barlow

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