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Gary Barlow confirmed as UK X Factor judge

Simon Cowell has confirmed that Gary Barlow will replace him as a judge on the UK version of X Factor, but added that contracts have yet to be signed. 

The music mogul revealed the news as he arrived to begin filming for the U.S series and simply said, "Gary Barlow is the first person confirmed". 

It was recently announced that Welsh television presenter Steve Jones would host the show in America, and Cowell opened up about his decision not to give the role to Dermot O' Leary, saying that the British run is a "good gig":

"There were a lot of decisions involved, I wanted him to stay on the British show. He's been there for years and the British show is a good gig."

Watch Barlow at the BBC Introducing Masterclass here: