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Gary Barlow: 'Judging my new show is tougher than The X Factor'

Gary Barlow is very excited to be bringing his musical TV talent search to screens next year (17).

Boyband veteran Gary Barlow believes judging his new TV talent search will be tougher than his role searching for pop stars on The X Factor.

The Take That star, 45, is heading up a new BBC show Let It Shine, a contest looking for the stars of a new musical The Band, based on the group's hits, which will begin rehearsals next year (17).

Gary, who acted as a judge on the U.K. version of The X Factor from 2011 to 2013, believes heading up Let It Shine's panel will be a tougher task because he's looking for much more than a talented singer.

"Well it is quite complicated really because if we were just looking for singers it would be quite easy, but they need to be able to act, dance, they need to be able to work in a group - we are looking for multi-talented individuals," he tells U.K. chat show host Alan Carr.

The Flood singer admits that sometimes when sitting on The X Factor panel for its live shows he could not hear its contestants properly and used to tell viewers his opinion of their rehearsals instead.

"I used to sit in that studio at X Factor and it's so loud and the audience are so loud that sometimes you get to the end of the song and think 'I didn't hear much of that'," he explains. "So you have heard rehearsal and it was great and then you say, 'That was really good'. You watch it back later and go "What was I thinking?!' It's hard."

Gary will be joined by fellow former X Factor judge Dannii Minogue and Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp in helping the public decide who will win roles in the new musical.

Martin says that when recording the audition and group stage over the summer and autumn ahead of January's live finals, the judges often disagreed.

"If we all sat and there and said we all thought the same, it would be really boring," he explains.

Gary, Dannii and Martin were joined by guest judges Lulu and Glee star Amber Riley for the competition's early stages. The show, hosted Mel Giedroyc and Graham Norton will begin on BBC One on 7 January next year (17).

And Gary is delighted at the prospect, as he explains, "For me next year it's all about this musical. It's the thing I am really excited about and for everyone to see."

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