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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Barlow's X Factor audition tears

Gary Barlow has revealed he cried during this year's X Factor auditions

X Factor judge Gary Barlow has admitted that the more "intimate" rehearsals in this year's show have brought him to tears.

Contestants now have to pass an audition in front of Barlow and fellow judges Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh before performing at Wembley Arena in front of thousands of fans.

The Take That frontman told reporters it was hard not to get emotional.

Speaking at a press conference at London's Mayfair Hotel, he said: "When it's in front of an arena it's very much a show, it feels like you're part of a big show, but when you're in the rooms and it is just literally one person, four judges and 100 cameramen, it's very intimate and it does feel intimate and it makes you more emotional, I think, and they're singing and you can see how they're fighting for their lives and you do get swept along."

Meanwhile, Sharon vowed there will be no personality clashes on The X Factor judging panel this year because the judges "actually like each other".

The fiery star, who left in 2008 amidst reports of tension with fellow judge Dannii Minogue, has joined Gary, Nicole and Louis on the panel for the upcoming series, replacing Tulisa Contostavlos.

She said: "It's way beyond that. We have respect for each other, we actually like each other".

She added: "There's no him or her, just mutual respect."

Show supremo Simon Cowell also made a brief appearance at the press conference in London's Mayfair Hotel telling reporters: "Once again I feel like a very proud daddy."

The show, which will be hosted by Dermot O'Leary, with Caroline Flack and newcomer Matt Richardson on spin-off show The Xtra Factor, returns to ITV on August 31.

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