Author: David Archer
Published: 12:51 16/10/2012
Is X Factor Top Judge Gary Barlow Losing It?
Take That singer/songwriter Gary Barlow does not seem to be enjoying his second (and possibly his final?) season on the ITV cult show X Factor. He walked out on Week 1 after the debacle caused by fellow Judge, Louis Walsh, whose inexcusable volte face over contestant Carolynee Poole ultimately led to her departure from the competition. He has also had numerous verbal spats with Nicole Scherzinger who has accused him of being an “old grumpy fart”.
In Week 2 Barlow responded by being overly critical of Louis Walsh’s acts but denies being unhappy with his participation on the X Factor juggernaut, saying on the Jonathan Ross show recently that “I think we’re all protective of one another although the gloves do come off on a Saturday night...It’s all for the fun of the show”. We believe you...
There is no doubt that Barlow faces a considerable challenge as his category of over-25 year olds has seldom won through in previous series. His acts are not flagged as potential winners by the bookmakers who tout contestants Ella Henderson, Jahmene Douglas, Union J, James Arthur and Jade Ellis as the top picks.
Barlow’s chances of being the winning Manager look rather slim as his remaining acts, solo artists Kye Sone, and Christopher Malony, appear weak in comparison with the others. This is recognised by the bookmakers who reckon that Barlow is least likely to be winning manager, with bookmaker Bet Victor offering long odds of 16/1. Judge Tulisa Contostavlos’ category of Girls is strong this year and she is favourite to be winning Manager with odds of 8/13 offered by bookmaker Stan James, with Nicole Scherzinger next at odds of 3/1 from BetFred and then inrepressible Louis Walsh third in the running.
Gary Barlow has now lost two acts in a row, with the departure of Carolynne Poole in the first live show and now Melanie Masson in the second. However, he showed his style after Sunday’s show when he promised Masson that he would write her a song, after she was voted off by the public
But, the angst of X Factor apart, Barlow’s professional life is solid with his recent announcement of a solo tour no doubt causing flutters on anticipation in the hearts of his many fans. Barlow says “Playing live is my favourite thing and I haven’t played a solo show for over a year now. Last year playing two London shows was brilliant, we all had such a good time, so I thought right let’s get out and see the rest of the country”. As one of the country’s leading singer songwriters, his shows will sell out quickly. Many of the X Factor contestants would do well to attend to learn how the master delivers stunning performances time after time!