Gary Barlow's new talent show to rival Simon Cowell

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 February 2016
Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow

Gary Barlow is reportedly launching a talent show on BBC One and will go head-to-head with Simon Cowell in a ratings battle

Gary Barlow is launching a talent show which is set to rival Simon Cowell's 'The X Factor'.

The Take That star and former judge on the music-manager's show has been drafted in by the BBC to front his own talent series that will replace 'The Voice' when it moves to ITV next year.

The insider told The Sun newspaper: "This is Gary's own format that will be made by the BBC entertainment team.

"If it is a success he could make hundreds of millions of pounds around the world like Cowell has with X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. Cowell is going to be furious because he thinks it was X Factor that gave Gary the experience working on a show like this. Now he's gone and set up a direct rival."

Gary's 'X Factor' stint ran for three series from 2011 to 2013.

And Simon, 56, has been "paranoid" and had it in the back of his mind that the 45-year-old singer might one day follow in his footsteps.

The source added: "He's always been paranoid about Gary trying to set up a huge entertainment company incorporating music and TV, which seems to be happening."

However, no further details have been revealed and the BBC are yet to confirm the news that the 'Back For Good' singer's show will take the slot.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "This is one of a number of ideas being considered for Saturday nights on BBC1."

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