Gary Barlow gives X Factor boys pep talk

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 September 2011
Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow wants his 'X Factor' hopefuls to learn from his experience in the music industry and make the most of the opportunity they've been given

Gary Barlow wants his 'X Factor' hopefuls to learn from his experience as a pop star.

The Take That singer is mentoring the boys in this year's series of the ITV1 talent show and he opened up to the lads during a two-hour chat after they arrived in Los Angeles for the judges' houses stage of the competition.

Gary - who lost his solo record deal in 1999, following the initial break-up of Take That - said: "This is a very special place for me as in 1999 when I lost my record deal I didn't know what to do. So I came to Los Angeles to start again and to think about everything. Being here took me back to the music, which is what it has always been about.

"This town is full of music, and I hope you find yourself in the same way that I did."

After the pep talk, Gary's eight hopefuls performed two songs for him and his Take That bandmate and "guest mentor" Robbie Williams at Gary's rented villa. The pair will now have to decide which four make it through to the live shows.

While Gary is mentoring the boys, Louis Walsh is in charge of the over-25s, Tulisa Contostavlos has the groups, while Kelly Rowland has been given the girls.

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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