Gary Barlow told X Factor must get 'better'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 October 2011
Gary Barlow

Simon Cowell

Gary Barlow has revealed 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell has told him the show must improve by ''10 per cent'' each week

Simon Cowell has told 'The X Factor' judges the show has to improve.

The TV boss was unhappy with the quality of the performances on last weekend's show and was left raging after being told the viewing figures were 11.4 million - two million down on last year.

Simon - who stepped aside from his judging role to launch the pop star search series in the US - has told the panel, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow, things have to improve.

Gary revealed: "Simon we need to work at the show and make it 10 per cent better each week, so by the end of the series the show will be at least 50 per cent better. That is what we are trying to do this week. We are all upping our game. There is always room for improvement. There can be better song choices, better styling, better performances."

The Take That singer - who has confessed the stress of the live shows makes him "feel sick" before he goes on - has also accused this year's acts of not working hard enough and believing their own hype.

Gary - who mentors the boys, Frakie Cocozza, Marcus Collins and Craig Colton - added: "The trouble with the artists this year is they are all obsessed with twitter and headlines. It feels as though they are getting a bit above themselves. We are constantly reminding them this is a competition. We are all lucky to be here, we are lucky to be on stage and have millions of people watch us."

Meanwhile, Louis has hit out at Gary and Kelly accusing them of not picking the right songs for their acts and not understanding what makes someone a success on 'The X Factor'.

However, the music manager - who is the longest serving judge - is full of praise for N-Dubz star Tulisa for her work with the groups.

Louis told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Last week's show was good, but Gary should have picked better songs. He may be a good songwriter but that doesn't make you a good judge. His song choices are terrible . He has to realise it is a TV show, it is about the personality, the attitude and the thing I call likeability as well as the voice.

"Kelly is too R&B, she knows that music inside out, but she needs to be more mainstream. This is a Saturday night TV show for all the family ... But I love Tulisa she is the most honest judge I have worked with. Nothing is contrived."

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