Barlow: ‘Judging Role On The X Factor Drains Me’

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October 30, 2011 | 8:45pm EST

Take That star Gary Barlow has cast doubt on his future on Britain’s The X Factor – because judging the TV talent show this year has left him feeling “completely drained”.
The singer heads up the panel – alongside Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos – but he’s finding the gruelling schedule harder than he had anticipated.

He tells Britain’s Daily Star Sunday, “These live shows have been more demanding than I thought they would be. I am enjoying it but it’s stressful. I’d like to get to the end of the season before deciding to come back.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve really enjoyed it and if I was asked back next year I would definitely consider it. But it has been 10 times more work than I thought it was going to be.

“I didn’t book anything in my diary for the rest of the year and thank God because I haven’t got the energy to do anything else. When I get to Monday morning I’m completely drained. I’ve had lots of sleepless nights and my stubble is going gray.”