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Gary Barlow has recently returned from a morale-boosting visit to perform to British troops at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.
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!”
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.
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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The Take That star revealed news of his departure while praising his final act of the night, boy band Rough Copy.
Barlow, who replaced Simon Cowell on the judging panel in 2011, said, "I've been here for three years and I'm so glad that for my last year on this show, I get to mentor you guys."
His confirmation follows speculation that this would be his final series as a judge on the show.
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