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Gary Barlow hints that he may return to X Factor

Departing X Factor judge Gary Barlow has admitted he might return to the singing show after failing to get an act in this weekend's final.

Departing X Factor judge Gary Barlow
Departing X Factor judge Gary Barlow Credit: Max Nash/PA Wire

His last act, Rough Copy, were voted off last week. Barlow said: "I'm very disappointed they went. They were so close, but I've got a very relaxing weekend - you might even see my feet on the desk.

"I'm disappointed. There's a reason to come back in the future. Maybe, maybe, not next year. It's been nice. I've had three beautiful years on the show, really enjoyed it, met some friends for life, but it's time to go."

Read: Gary Barlow reveals this series of The X Factor will be his last

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One Direction album 'fastest-selling' of the year

(L-R) Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Harry Styles of One Direction. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

One Direction's third studio album 'Midnight Memories' has become the fastest-selling album of 2013, outselling Gary Barlow latest release by more than two to one, according to the Official Charts Company.

One Direction sold 237,000 copies of their latest album in the past seven days.

Gary Barlow takes a run with squaddies at Camp Bastion

Gary Barlow has recently returned from a morale-boosting visit to perform to British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Gary Barlow on a five kilometre run with British troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan
Gary Barlow on a five kilometre run with British troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan Credit: MoD

The Take That star, who performed a concert at the base, was filming for a one-off television programme for ITV to be broadcast later this year.

He also took time out of his three-day visit to go on a five-kilometre run with some of the squaddies.

He later tweeted: “Just got back from an incredible trip to meet the troops in Afghanistan. What an amazing experience and a lovely bunch of people. Thank you Camp Bastion!”

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Gary Barlow visits Afghanistan for ITV special

The X-Factor judge Gary Barlow has joined British troops in Afghanistan as part of a one-off show to be broadcast later this year.

Gary Barlow has joined British troops in Afghanistan as part of a one-off show to be broadcast later this year.
Gary Barlow has joined British troops in Afghanistan as part of a one-off show to be broadcast later this year. Credit: PA

Twitter images show the Take That star meeting squaddies and posing with written messages for their family.

He performed a concert for the troops, which will be aired in the hour-long ITV special in December

An ITV spokeswoman said: “We can confirm Gary is doing a one off special to broadcast on ITV later in the year.

"Owing to security restrictions it would be inappropriate to release any further information at this stage.”

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