Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams [Gary Barlow Instagram]
Last night saw the return of the X Factor live shows and in the midst of all the singing and dancing and furore about the one that doesn’t wash his hair, Gary Barlow announced that he will be leaving the show at the end of this series.
Gary revealed his news when he speaking to one of his acts, Rough Copy, admitting, ‘I’ve been here for three years and I’m so pleased that for my last year on the show I get to work with you guys.’ Queue a few shocked gasps from the audience.
Now, whilst is hasn’t been confirmed that there will even be another series of X Factor next year – they’ve already made a massive ten – we’re pretty sure it won’t be long before the bookies start lining up their ideas for Gary’s potential replacement. Here’s who we would like to see take the role...
1. Simon Cowell
Look, we don’t know how many times we have to say it, the X Factor just isn’t the same without Simon Cowell (or Cheryl Cole for that matter). If Gary were to leave we feel it could be the perfect time for Simon to come back, especially as he recently admitted that he wants his unborn child to be raised in England – perfect set up really.
2. Robbie Williams
He’s been on the show at the judges houses but we’d like to see Gary’s mate Robbie take over his judging role full time. From outrageously flirting with Sharon to making sly jokes about Louis we think he’d be a brilliant addition to the panel.
3. Any of One Direction (Harry Styles)
They’ve been on the show themselves which means that they know what to look for right? Plus, it would mean we got to stare at their cherubic little faces for a few hours every week. In fact they could just scrap all of the judges and have all five boys on the panel, just an idea.
4. Kanye West
Who better to judge the singing talent of the UK than Kanye West, a man who regularly professes himself to be a ‘genius.’ From ranting about rapping to forcing his entire category to wear leather jogging pants you know he would be nothing short of amazing. Plus, he might have Kim on as his judges' houses helper.
Who says Gary’s replacement has to be a man? Simon Cowell’s BFF and all around amazing lady Sinitta would be perfect as an X Factor judge. Plus can you IMAGINE the outfits she would bring to the table? This is a woman who went on one show dressed only in two leaves after all.