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Gary Barlow issues warning to Robbie Williams ahead of his start on the The X Factor with wife Ayda Field

OHMYGOSSIP — Gary Barlow has warned Robbie Williams he has some “hard work” ahead of him on ‘The X Factor’ judging panel. The Take That star has told his former bandmate that being a panellist on the talent show – which Gary was for three series from 2011 to 2013 – is “tiring”, but assured him he will have a top time on the programme.

He told The Sun newspaper: “It’s going to be great, but I know what’s to come with that show. I know what it does to you. He’s got some hard work ahead, that’s for sure. I’ve told him it’s a lot of hours – more than people realise. It’s tiring.”

The 47-year-old star has also warned his 44-year-old pal about the editing that goes on, but believes fans will be in for a treat watching Robbie on the panel. He said: “They film you for eight hours until you’ve had enough and then you say something bad – and that’s what they use when it goes out. You’re definitely going to see him turning the air blue, so tune in. He’ll be disappointed if they don’t let him.”

Robbie is expected to be confirmed as a new X Factor* judge alongside his wife Ayda Field, singer Louis Tomlinson, and show boss Simon Cowell later today (17.07.18) – and Take That singer Howard Donald believes the ‘Let Me Entertain You’ hitmaker and his significant other will bicker on the show.

He said: “I think they’ll be at each other’s throats. That’s why they’ve asked them to do it as a pair.”

Ayda recently sparked further speculation she and Robbie are to join ‘The X Factor’ panel by refusing to deny the claims. When asked if she is joining the show as a judge, she said: “It’s very rare that I am speechless but I have no comment.”

Robbie – who has five-year-old daughter Teddy and three-year-old son Charlton with actress Ayda – recently sparked speculation he could be joining the panel, but admitted “nothing has been signed” for ‘X Factor’, although he would “love to do it”.

He said: “I’ve read these reports too and I would understand, because I’ve read the articles too, that people would think I’m doing ‘The X Factor’ and so is my wife. As it happens people say it every year and I always say ‘no comment’. There’s a lot of me that would love to do it, there’s a lot of talking but nothing has been signed. Me and Simon and Lauren and my kids and little Eric hang out a lot and we talk about a lot of things. Nothing is signed, but watch this space.”
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* The X Factor is a television music competition franchise created by British producer Simon Cowell and his company SYCOtv. It originated in the United Kingdom, where it was devised as a replacement for Pop Idol (2001–2003), and has been adapted in various countries. The “X Factor” of the title refers to the undefinable “something” that makes for star quality. The prize is usually a recording contract, in addition to the publicity that appearance in the later stages of the show itself generates, not only for the winner but also for other highly ranked contestants.

The similarities between The X Factor and Idols prompted Idol creator Simon Fuller, along with 19 Entertainment, to file a lawsuit against Cowell, SYCOtv, and FremantleMedia in 2004. An out-of-court settlement was reached in 2005 allowing Fuller to gain a 10 per cent share in The X Factor format, and preventing an American version until 2010. Fuller later filed another lawsuit in 2011, claiming that he had also been promised that he would be credited as an executive producer of The X Factor USA, but that Syco, FremantleMedia, and Fox Broadcasting Company had failed to fulfill that promise; that lawsuit is pending.

Unlike Idol, where the judges only critique the contestants’ performances, on The X Factor each judge “mentors” the finalists in a particular category, aiding them with song selection and styling, while also participating together in judging the contestants in the other categories. Not only Idol, but also new singing shows The Voice and Rising Star have become rival shows to The X Factor.

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