Gary Barlow is set to join the panel for Simon Cowell’s upcoming music show Walk The Line – with the X Factor mogul stepping down to focus on his off-camera roles.
In a statement sent to Sky News, Cowell said he was looking to focus on his role as the show’s creator and producer, while a source close to the star said he also wanted to spend more time with his family – his seven-year-old son , Eric, and his partner Lauren Silverman.
Take that Star Barlow, which sold over 50 million records during his career, replaces the X factor On-screen mogul on the show, which is scheduled to air this fall on ITV. Maya Jama will host the series.
Cowell’s appearance on Walk The Line was set to mark his return to UK TV after breaking his back in an electric bike accident at his home in Malibu in August 2020.
Her treatment involved six hours of surgery, which included inserting a metal rod into her back. While he said he had made a full recovery, doctors reportedly told him he was lucky.
Speaking about the decision to get offscreen for Walk The Line, Cowell said, “This is a situation where I decided it was right for me to focus on my role as a creator and producer then. as we prepare for the extremely exciting launch of the first series of our new show, Walk The Line. “
“On that basis, I’m delighted that Gary is joining the panel. Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we’ve known each other for a long time now – so I’m delighted he is taking over for me for the first set of Walk The Line. . I know he will do a fantastic job. “
A source close to Cowell said: “Simon wants to focus on his role as creator and executive producer of Walk The Line – as it is a new launch – in the coming weeks. Simon did the same when America’s Got Talent was first launched in the United States in 2006.
“And after breaking his back last year and still working to reinforce that and after an unusually busy period of filming that recently saw him spend a long time away from home, Simon also wants to devote more time to his family in the next few weeks. “
Walk The Line will offer variety musical artists a chance to win a prize, but to win the money they have to decide whether they want to cash in or risk it all to stay in the competition.
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Barlow said in a statement to Sky News: “When Simon calls it’s usually with something pretty extraordinary. I’m so excited to be involved in a brand new TV show, and of course my favorite part of Walk The Line is to discover New Talent. “
ITV said: “We are delighted that Gary has decided to join the Walk The Line family, and we understand and support Simon’s decision to focus on his role as producer and creator for this first series.
“Gary will bring his musical expertise as one of the world’s premier singer-songwriters, which promises to uncover brilliant new talent and provide the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a life-changing award.”
Earlier this year, ITV revealed that Cowell has no plans for another X Factor series, the show that launched the careers of pop artists including Little Mix, One Direction, Leona Lewis and JLS.