Gary Barlow ‘really did’ TV talent show format before Walk The Line invite

Gary Barlow said he felt like he had “really done” the TV show format before Simon Cowell personally invited him to replace him in the upcoming ITV series Walk The Line.

alk The Line is music mogul Cowell’s latest TV adventure and features comedian Dawn French, singer Alesha Dixon and musician Craig David alongside Barlow on the judging panel.

Take That star Barlow, who has carved out a successful TV career alongside his music, having served as a judge on The X Factor and Let It Shine, stepped in to replace Cowell after the 62-year-old decided to stand down. concentrate on his role as creator and producer of the first series.

I liked the idea and I thought, ‘This is going to be different’Gary Barlow

The show was set to mark his return to British television after he broke his back falling from an electric bike he was testing at his home in Malibu in August last year.

However, Barlow told the PA news agency that he expected Cowell to return for the second series.

He said: ‘At the time I got the phone call from Simon I wasn’t planning any kind of TV. I felt like I really did the talent show. But I liked the idea and I thought, “It’s going to be different”.

“It’s quick. It’s only six episodes, which feels modern now. An idea of ​​a series with 41 shows these days feels like the past, I guess. So it seemed easy to do.

“The idea of ​​putting unknown talent on TV is – I don’t want to sound too cliché – but it’s damn important. And I love seeing it because there’s a lot of it out there. So if I can be a small part of that…


Simon Cowell (Dominic Lipinski/PA)


Simon Cowell (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“I think it’s only for this series. I’m sure Simon will be back next year. It’s his show… but I was happy to help and I love ITV. They have always been very good to me.

Walk The Line will come under intense scrutiny from viewers and critics as the successor to the hit X Factor format, but Barlow said Cowell is used to the pressure.

He said: “Someone like Simon, they’ll always have pressure around them, because he’s so successful. That’s what it is. And also, people like to hit the hit. But he knows all about it like me.

“But again, it’s about the people at home watching this show and all of a sudden the people at home are – I can’t vote in that – they can do all the voting.”

Barlow, who celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this year, released his first Christmas album, The Dream Of Christmas, which includes original songs and festive classics, as well as a duet with Sheridan Smith.

He admitted he was only aiming for a top 10 due to strong competition from artists such as Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John, and Adele.

“I think this Christmas is a whole different environment,” he told PA.

“You have some really great artists this year. Adele is out. Ed Sheeran is out. It’s going to be tricky. If I’m somewhere in the top 10 for Christmas, I’ll be really happy.

“I don’t think you can have a plan for these things. They either work or they don’t. I certainly never make music trying to aim for things like that.

“You just make the best record possible. You make the best visits possible. And the rest is just the little you can’t control. Here is the hope. If we are somewhere in this top 10, I will be very happy.

The Christmas Dream is now available. Details of Barlow’s UK tour are available online.

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