Gary Barlow: 'Gay men like X Factor's glitz'
Gary Barlow believes gay men like entering for 'The X Factor' because of the "showmanship" and "glitz"
Gary Barlow thinks gay men are attracted to the "sparkle" of 'X Factor'.
The reality judge - who has mentored gay contestants including Marcus Collins and Craig Colton in the past - believes flamboyant characters are naturally drawn to the singing contest because they enjoy showing off.
Asked why gay men are attracted to the show, he said: "I guess it's the sense of showmanship, putting on a show, for anyone who wants a bit of sparkle, glitz and lights, that's what 'X Factor' Saturday nights are all about. Also they embrace it, they don't push it away.
"What's certainly popular on the show is the connections of people, how people conduct their interviews on camera, how they talk and how emotional they get during the show.
"And the more emotional the people are in the show, the better they do, I think.2
Gary admits contestants have come up to him worried about their sexuality being revealed, but he encourages them all to be themselves.
He told Attitude magazine: "I don't think of things like that, especially not in these times. I said, 'It's not 1984, the world's changed. It doesn't matter at all.'
"And it didn't, apart from the odd kiss and tell, but everyone gets those. It made no difference, and it shouldn't make a difference."