The Daily Mirror today reports that the rest of Take That aren’t X-actly fans of Gary Barlow’s latest gig…
Here’s the story…
Howard Donald and Robbie Williams have slammed hit ITV show X Factor, where Gaz is one of the new recruits on the judging panel – alongside N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and show veteran Louis Walsh.
Howard, 43, is particularly scathing of contestants finding long-lasting success via X Factor, saying the winner will have “disappeared” in a year.
Clearly, he has forgotten that Gary, who has his own record label that nurtures new artists, is a proven talent-spotter.
Howie says: “You get a lot of these winners in England who win the X Factor…
“Basically they go straight to No.1 so they’ve had no idea how to cope with the success – and the success comes to them really quickly.
“They must find it more difficult.
“Normally a year later they are not in the limelight any more – they’ve disappeared.”
Oddly, this is the same Howard Donald who was going to let his 12-year-old daughter Grace audition for Britain’s Got Talent – as long as she did it without any help from dad.
My source tells me: “Howard wanted her to do it on her own so she can learn the same way as other contestants.”
And disappear after a year?
Meanwhile, Robbie Williams waded into the row saying that shows like X Factor are all about finding the best voices and not necessarily the next big superstar. Er, try telling that to Leona Lewis, Rob.
Rob, 37, says: “Most shows like this, you’ve got to sing in-tune, sing in key. And I’ve managed to sell 60 million albums without doing either of those things.”
At least he’s honest.
He adds: “I’m an all right singer, but it’s not the most important thing. It’s everything – image, performance, it’s the soap opera of the person’s life and it’s whatever you project.
“The voice has very little to do with it.
“Madonna’s not the best singer, but I love to listen to her. The good singers are in the band behind us.”
Robbie also posted an 11-minute video on his blog of him wandering around his and wife Ayda Field’s LA pad giving a Through The Keyhole-style insight into their plush surroundings – all chandeliers, a four-poster bed, a wall-mounted Christmas card and a wall of mirrors.
Not bad going for a singer who reckons he’s often out of tune and off key…
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