Gary Barlow calls for higher X Factor age limit

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 October 2011
Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow wants 'X Factor' bosses to up the show's age limit to 18 after 16-year-old Luke Lucas broke down during the Judges' Houses stage of the competition

Gary Barlow wants 'X Factor' bosses to up the show's age limit to 18.

The Take That star watched one of his hopefuls, 16-year-old Luke Lucas, break down after mucking up his audition in Los Angeles and the judge doesn't think it's fair to put so much pressure on the youngsters.

He said: "Luke is too young. It was too much for him, no wonder he cracked. 16 is just too young to be in a competition with this kind of pressure."

Gary was joined at the Judges' Houses stage of the competition by his Take That bandmate Robbie Williams, and Robbie agreed 16 is too young.

The 'Angels' singer - who was just 16 when he joined Take That - said: "If it was my son or daughter I don't think I'd be pushing them that early. 18 or 19 maybe. You've found yourself, you've left school, hung out with your mates, earned some money.

"You've been anonymous and done your fun things. At 16 it takes your b******s off. I do think 16 is a bit young. But when you get an opportunity you just grab it."

While Luke failed to make Gary's final four, Frankie Cocozza, Marcus Collins, Craig Colton and James Michael, will all compete in the live shows under Gary's leadership.

The girls - mentored by Kelly Rowland - are made up of Misha Bryan, Janet Devlin, Sophie Habibis and Amelia Lily, while Tulisa's groups are made up of Rhythmix, The Risk, 2 Shoes and Nu Vibe.

The Overs - mentored by Louis Walsh - consist of Sami Brookes, Kitty Brucknell, Jonjo Kerr and Johnny Robinson.

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