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    Posted: 20 Aug 2011 at 09:53

X Factor: Gary Barlow doesn't want show to be X-rated

by Nicola Methven, Daily Mirror 20/08/2011

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Gary Barlow (Pic: ITV)

DOTING dad Gary Barlow settled down with two of his excited children to enjoy the family TV event of the year.

But the Take That star was shocked by the X Factor final as sexy singers Christina Aguilera and Rihanna gyrated provocatively in barely-there outfits.

Gary admitted yesterday he agrees with the 5,000 furious viewers who complained that the performances were too grown-up for the millions of kids watching.

Fast-forward a year and hes taken on the role of head judge after the departure of Simon Cowell.

And Gary, 40, is determined to keep the show clean.

Yet tonight, on the first show of the new season, raunchy singer Goldie will be seen groping herself during her audition.

But Gary insists her antics are not in the same league as the X-rated exhibitions he saw in December. Goldie is good clean fun, he says. I watched last year with my 10- and eight-year-old and Christina Aguilera was too much for me.

As well as wanting to ensure the show is smut-free, Gary has taken over from Simon as the sensible judge and hopes to reduce the number of novelty acts making it to the final.

Yesterday at boot camp Goldie, 48, who hails from Manchester after moving from her native Hong Kong, chased Gary around the auditorium after singing.

She may not be the best singer but everyone agreed that she was funny.

Despite this, Gary doesnt want to see her getting anywhere near the live shows.

Even though I hope Goldie doesnt get through, shes entertained me every time Ive seen her. I sit there and think, oh God, Im enjoying this and I really shouldnt be.

The TV companies are always going to push for the ridiculous acts to get through but Im hoping that we can resist that this year. Well see if its possible.

For Saturday night entertainment, people want something to love, something to hate and something to laugh at.

Gary isnt expecting softie Louis Walsh, 59, to join in with his no-nonsense approach to judging. Its part of his shtick, Gary says. Louis is always the one saying yes to the worst acts. But Gary says that the judging panel completed by Kelly Rowland, 30, and Tulisa Contostavlos, 23 will be more focused this year on the best singers.

Were having a lot of fun but when we deliberate on what weve seen, were a good team.

Kelly and I often like the same stuff. Tulisa brings a whole new edge I havent got my finger on the pulse like she has so she brings in a whole new perspective. And then theres Louis...

The announcement that Gary was going to be Simons replacement came as a shock to many.

But the singer, who has been married to ex-dancer Dawn for more than a decade, says he didnt need to consider the offer for too long.

He adds: A lot of my friends were surprised that I was going to do it but the first time I spoke to Simon about it I just thought oh yeah, definitely.

I love the show, especially when they find good people and those people end up being successful.

The decision meant he had to juggle his time carefully during Take Thats recent sell-out European tour. But even that didnt put him off.

Ive spent five years being selfish with the band and doing good things for us, so I thought what a good thing it would be to wave goodnight at Wembley and then go and put my time and effort into other peoples careers for the next five months. It just feels like a good thing to do.

My friends were surprised because Im usually quite private I do my job and I go home. Ive got a level of fame as an artist but, theres no question about it, this is a different type of fame. Everyone was just a bit surprised.

He thinks the timing of the new ITV series, coming just days after the riots in which bored teenagers took to the streets to loot shops, could be perfect.Speaking during a break in filming, he says: I think its really interesting this year that the most promising of all the talent is the 16 and 17-year-olds.

I think they are the best, the most exciting and the true future of this show and this format.

I look at the people weve got here today and I think weve got some really fantastic talent.

Gary disagrees with the big stars who berate the programme and accuse it of ruining the music scene. He says: This show has probably kept Sony Music alive with the sales of its acts, and that means it can reinvest in new acts, credible acts or whatever you want to call them.

This show has probably funded 10 credible careers. They wouldnt want to admit it, but that is the truth.

The music industry is in a bad way. If the X Factor was to go down youd have every label in the UK crying out for a chance to get their artists on TV. This is a massive institution for our industry.

The four judges have already whittled down the acts from 190 to 60 during the boot camp stage.

And after the marathon round of performances at Wembley Arena this weekend, the panel will pick the 32 acts who will travel to the judges houses to try to win a place on the live finals.

Garys oldest kids, Daniel, 10, and Emily, eight, will no doubt be watching tonights show (toddler Daisy will probably be in bed), but how would their dad feel if they auditioned in a few years?

I wouldnt mind, if thats what they want to do, he says.

So have they shown any inclination? No. Sadly not, he chuckles.

And how is he planning to ensure that the X Factors ratings are as high as in the Simon Cowell days?

Thats simple, says Gary. What we want this weekend is lots of rain, fog and black ice so everyones in watching the TV.

Well, its August so just about anything is possible, Ga


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