Simon Cowell announces replacement as Walk The Line talent show judge

Former Take That singer Gary Barlow will replace Simon Cowell as a judge on the upcoming ITV show Walk The Line.

Owell, 62, will take a step back from his on-screen position to focus on his role as creator and producer of the show’s first series.

He said: “This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as creator and producer as we prepare for the extremely exciting launch of the first series of our new show. , Walk The Line.”

“Based on that, I’m thrilled to have Gary join the panel. Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we’ve known each other for a long time now – so I’m delighted he’s taking over for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job.

Cowell’s appearance on Walk The Line was set to mark his return to British TV after he broke his back falling from an electric bike he was testing at his home in Malibu in August last year.

The show will offer musical variety artists a chance to win a prize, but to win the money, they must decide if they want to cash in or risk it all to stay in the competition.

Barlow, who celebrated her 50th birthday earlier this year, has carved out a successful TV career alongside her music after serving as a judge on The X Factor and Let It Shine.

He said: ‘When Simon calls, it’s usually with something quite extraordinary. I’m so excited to be involved with a brand new TV show, and of course my favorite part of Walk The Line is discovering new talent. It’s also great to be working with the ITV team again.

During the lockdown, Barlow delighted fans by hosting his daily Crooner sessions on social media, which saw him perform with musicians including his former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams and Sir Cliff Richard, as well as Jason Donovan , Shane Filan of Westlife and Olly Murs of The X Factor.

In September, it was announced that Maya Jama will host Walk The Line.

Her TV credits include presenting the third season of BBC’s Glow Up: Britain’s Next Makeup Star and she joined Celebrity Juice as a regular panelist earlier this year.

A statement from ITV said: “We are delighted that Gary has decided to join the Walk The Line family and we understand and support Simon’s decision to focus on his role as producer and creator of this first series.

“Gary will bring his musical expertise as one of the world’s leading singer-songwriters to the show, which promises to uncover bright new talent and offer the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a life-changing prize.”

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