Take That's Howard and Robbie slam The X Factor

'X Factor' head judge Gary Barlow's Take That bandmates Howard Donald and Robbie Williams have criticised his show

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This article is from 2011.

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Gary Barlow's Take That bandmates have criticised 'The X Factor'.

Howard Donald believes the show - which Gary has joined as head judge - doesn't fully prepare winners for success and doesn't think they have any longevity with their careers.

He said: "You get a lot of these winners in England who win 'The X Factor'. Basically, they go straight to number one so they've had no idea how to cope with the success - and the success comes to them really quickly.

"They must find it more difficult. Normally a year later they are not in the limelight any more - they've disappeared."

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams thinks the programme looks for contestants with the best voices, rather than those who could be a huge pop superstar.

He explained: "Most shows like this, you've got to sing in tune, sing in key. And I've managed to sell 60 million albums without doing either of those things.

"I'm an alright singer, but it's not the most important thing. It's everything - image, the performance. It's a soap opera of the person's life and whatever you project. The voice has very little to do with it."

Despite his comments, Howard reportedly gave permission for his 12-year-old daughter Grace wanted to audition for 'Britain's Got Talent' - so long as she did it without his help.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Howard wanted her to do it on her own so she can learn the same was as other contestants."

This article is from 2011.

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