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Gary Barlow confirms X Factor departure

Gary Barlow has confirmed that this series of The X Factor will be his last.

The Take That star revealed news of his departure while praising his final act of the night, boy band Rough Copy.

Gary Barlow made the announcement on tonight's show. Credit: ITV/The X Factor

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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Gary Barlow to release first solo album in 14 years

Take That singer and X Factor judge Gary Barlow has revealed he is to release his first solo album in 14 years:

Gary Barlow on the red carpet for X Factor launch

Gary Barlow was the final judge to arrive for the X Factor 2013 launch.

See more pictures of the other judges, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne as they arrived.

Gary Barlow arrives at the X Factor launch. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire Ref #: PA.17441034

The show starts on Saturday, check out the latest on the X Factor website.

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X Factor auditions are 'so intimidating it's fabulous'

Sharon Osbourne has spoken about how thrilling it has been for the X Factor to return to the traditional closed auditions. This year hopefuls sang directly in front of the four judges in a small room with no audience.

As the judges prepare for the official launch of this year's competition Sharon told Daybreak: "There is nowhere for these contestants to go, once they're there in that small room with us, it's so intimidating - that's what's so fabulous about it."

See the X Factor website for the latest news.

Gary Barlow 'should know Blackpool answer by midday'

Gary Barlow has said that he should be able to announce at midday whether he will be able to play a last-minute slot at Blackpool Illuminations concert tomorrow.

The singer and X-Factor judge made the offer to play when he heard that The Script had pulled out due to a family illness.

Gary Barlow offers to help light up Blackpool

Gary Barlow has offered to be Blackpool's knight in shining armour after The Script were forced to pull out of this year's Illuminations concert.

Gary Barlow has offered to step in after The Script were forced to pull out of the concert. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Irish band said it was "with deepest regret" that they had to cancel the gig on the 30 August and another at the Leeds Academy the day before "due to a sudden serious family illness".

The X Factor judge wrote on Twitter, "I hear Blackpool are looking for someone to switch the lights on this year? If they'd write a cheque to Children in Need I'd do it?"

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