Gary Barlow has reportedly told Simon Cowell that he would be happy to return for the 2012 series of The X Factor, but his decision is said to have caused problems at home.
The Take That star i said to have committed to a further series of the ITV reality TV show, however later this summer, when he will be due to film the final bootcamp and judges houses phase, his wife Dawn will be heavily pregnant and about to give birth to the couple’s fourth child.
In August 2012 Gary was in LA with Robbie Williams, choosing his final four contestants for the live shows. This year he will have to stay closer to home, as his wife will be due to go into labour at any time.
A source told The Sun that Simon Cowell was elated to land Gary for a second series, and explained that producers were also relieved that they had secured the Take That star.
“Everyone was delighted Gary agreed to come back for another series of X Factor. There’s no ink on the contract, but he’s good for his word.
“He was being a bit sheepish about his decision though because the diary has kicked up some problems.”
The insider added:
“Gary has promised he’ll be present for the birth, but Simon Cowell is a tough task master. It could be very tricky.”
Alexandra Burke claimed yesterday that Cowell was planning to axe all four of last year’s judges and start the show off on a new foot, after last year’s ratings problems.
However, it seems unlikely that this is the case, as the TV boss recently comments that he was planning to have Gary, Tulisa, Kelly Rowland and Louis Walsh back for 2012 if he could manage it.
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