Despite hinting toward leaving the show last fall, Gary Barlow is, in fact, returning to judge the next season of X Factor UK.
The Take That singer had told sources he was "taking some time off next year" to spend time with his family, but most recently confirmed his return by saying:
“I’m thrilled to be back and really looking forward to working with The X Factor team again. The fact that a superstar could just walk out on that stage is very exciting.”
The next superstar may have already been discovered too! The open auditions for the UK reality show have already begun to take place with Barlow on board.
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