Gary Barlow, Take That’s singer is back and could replace Simon Cowell on the ITV talent show Walk The Line.
Cowell stated that he would “focus on his position as creator and producer” of the first series.
Barlow, who had been an actor and judge for over two decades on the screen, said he was “thrilled” to be taking up the “boton” of his replacement.
According to the singer, he is looking forward “discovering new talents” for this role.
A cash prize will be awarded to musical acts who are performing in the show. They must then decide whether to cash out, or continue to play for their chance at winning.
Barlow’s new appointment is a continuation of his TV experiences, including stints on The X Factor with Cowell and as a frontman for BBC Talent Show Let It Shine. This show was inspired by Take That.
As a singer/songwriter in the UK’s biggest boy group of the 90s, he made his mark. They reformed the group and had similar chart success, with a number of top-ten singles in 2000.
Cowell appeared on Walk The Line in order to commemorate his return to UK television following a broken back he sustained when he fell of an electric bike near his Malibu house last year.
The music mogul is trying to revitalize his TV talent show portfolio, including The X Factor (his Got Talent franchise) and The X Factor. These shows were the ones that launched Susan Boyle’s careers in One Direction and Little Mix.
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Cowell became a household name both in the UK, and the US thanks to his straightforward feedback.
ITV announced this summer they had “no plans” to continue The X Factor. The show’s ratings have fallen since its original run in 2004.
ITV and Cowell signed an agreement in 2019 to air Britain’s Got Talent through at least 2024.
America’s Got Talent continues to feature him as a judge. In 2014, The X Factor USA was cancelled.
ITV released a statement saying that they understood and supported Cowell’s decision not to continue as panellist.
The names of other judges remain to be confirmed.
Maya Jama was confirmed to host Walk The Line.
She has starred on BBC’s Glow Up: Britain’s Next Makeup Star for the third season, and joined Celebrity Juice earlier in the year as a panellist.
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