X Factor judge Gary Barlow has waged war on fellow panellist Kelly Rowland, showing the rivalry on the show is really beginning to heat up.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Barlow said he gets on well with Kelly, or at least he did until this point on the programme.
“When she got given her girls’ category at boot camp, I’ve noticed the texts have stopped,” he said. “It’s all gone into a new gear. It’s war now. But that’s fair enough.”
He admitted to the newspaper that the former Destiny’s Child singer will be his biggest rival, since her category is so strong – the bookies’ favourite, Janet Devlin, is in that group. People looking to place an X Factor bet should bear this in mind.
Barlow isn’t too bothered about Louis Walsh or Tulisa Contostavlos, who are mentoring the overs and the groups in the competition this year, as he feels the winner is bound to come from his category.
“I know the girls are a brilliant category so we’ve got to work on our plan of eliminating someone. But I’m confident we’ve got the winner in this category,” the Take That singer added.
The judge also revealed that he actually went on The X Factor to get his children’s attention, because they’re not “mad about what I do”.
“My kids love it,” he said, adding that they couldn’t believe it when he said what his new job would be.
But Barlow’s definitely been branded the Mr Nasty of the show this year, taking over the title from former judge and X Factor creator Simon Cowell, which might not impress his children quite so much! Those following the X Factor winner odds need to bear this in mind.
It’s certainly earned him the respect of bandmate Robbie Williams though, who joined him for the judges’ houses stage of the competition. Williams said he thought his pal didn’t ever get emotional, which is why he could be objective about the talent.