Monday, August 15, 2011


Hot stuff: The new line up of the X Factor panel, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow and veteran judge Louis Walsh believe they have the best show ever

The panel have had a total revamp this year bringing in fresh new talent Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow to sit alongside veteran judge Louis Walsh.

And the new recruits believe they already have a stellar show lined up, hotter than any past series.

Tulisa and Kelly have revealed they have already seen a number of stand-out acts, while Louis Walsh has claimed he has had the most fun ever with the new line-up.

Showing their metal: Take That's Gary Barlow said: 'There's no one more valid than me, Kelly and Tulisa because we're out there doing it right now. We are selling records, and we're out there doing what these guys want to be doing

And Take That’s Gary Barlow has proved more than confident about the new line-up and said: ‘There’s no one more valid than me, Kelly and Tulisa because we’re out there doing it right now. We are selling records, and we’re out there doing what these guys want to be doing.'

Gary, who has assumed the role of head judge, filling Simon Cowell’s seat, was also the one to deal a shock blow to 35 contestants yesterday.

Twists and turns: Gary, who has assumed Simon Cowell's role on the show has already sent 32 acts home from bootcamp before they even had the chance to sing in a shock twist

The singer and songwriter sent a significant number of bootcamp hopefuls home before they even had the chance to sing.

He told the group:’We don’t believe everyone standing in front of us has the potential to make it all the way in this competition some of you are going home now. I’m so sorry you are going home.’

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The cull came as a massive shock to contestants but clearly demonstrated that this year’s X Factor is set to be the toughest yet.

And it will also be the biggest with bootcamp contestants set to audition in front of thousands and the show will be ending with a gigantic live final at Wembley Arena in front of 10,000 fans.

While Kelly has admitted that she has a ‘nurturing side’ she will also be straight talking and speaking of giving feedback to contestants she said: ‘I would never want to sugar-coat anything.’

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And the former Destiny’s Child signer believes she can perform, and win, with whatever category she is given and said: ‘I am confident that I can do well in all categories because the talent is there.’

She added: ‘I know once the competition stars things will get competitive! We’re competitive people!’

Meanwhile Tulisa is keeping schtum about which group she would like to work with and said: ‘I don’t want the other judges to know who I want as they might try and grab them.’

Glamour girls: While Tulisa and Kelly have said the new panel gets on great they have both displayed their competitive edge and want to be the one to win the competition

Gary has tipped the northern leg of the auditions as the best and said: 'Liverpool and Manchester have been stand out cities for me.'

While Louis added: 'Glasgow and Cardiff especially surprised us this year.'

And speaking of how Gary took Simon's role on day one the Irish music mogul said: 'I was expecting to be head judge this year, but on day one Gary stole my head judge mug and sat in Simon's old seat... there's always next year.

The new series of the X Factor starts on Saturday on ITV1.

'I wanted Simon's seat': Louis Walsh has revealed how he wanted to replace Simon Cowell but Gary Barlow has taken over the role as head judge and sent bootcamp hopefuls home yesterday in a shock twist

source: dailymail

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