Robbie Williams may rejoin Take That to record their new album next year, Gary Barlow has revealed.
X Factor finalist Sam Bailey won high praise from the judges as she looks to cement her position as the champion-elect of this year's show.
Louis Walsh admitted he is having second thoughts about quitting The X Factor after a decade on the judging panel.
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.
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?"
Gary Barlow heads off on a charity drive from Land's End to John O'Groats today accompanied by Professor Brian Cox, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and Top Gear's James May.
The celebrities will travel in the same car - a pink Rolls Royce with an "FAB1" numberplate - and are expected to arrive in John O'Groats at around 4am on Friday morning.
Barlow and May spoke to Daybreak about their journey - with a little help from Cox:
Television bosses want the duo to provide "fireworks" on the talent show and are planning on bringing back Nicole Scherzinger as a judge, The Sun reports.
The popstar pair fell out when Williams quit Take That in 1995 but have since made-up when the Angels and Rock DJ singer rejoined his bandmates in 2010 for a new album and string of sell-out concert dates.
A spokesman for the show said: "It's far too early to say anything about the judging panel for this year's X Factor."
The X Factor judge Gary Barlow has said he has closed his music label Future Records because he has too many commitments, including his home life.
All of the artists signed up to the Take That star's Future Records are to be taken over by the label's parent company Universal.
Barlow, whose fourth child, Poppy, was stillborn in August, told The Sun: "It's been a very difficult decision but it came down to time. I've had a lot going on recently and I want to spend more time with my family."
Take That star Gary Barlow said he was "deeply proud" to be awarded his OBE by the Queen.
The 41-year-old X Factor judge, who has spent more than 20 years in the public eye, was given the title for services to the entertainment industry and to charity.
In a statement Barlow said he had been surprised by the award and that it "hadn't seemed real until today".
Take That star Gary Barlow will return to Buckingham Palace today to be rewarded for his long career in showbusiness.
The 41-year-old X Factor judge, who is one of several celebrities to be awarded today, will receive his OBE for services to the entertainment industry and to charity.
Barlow masterminded the triumphant Diamond Jubilee concert - staged at the Palace during a special bank holiday weekend in June - that featured a host of stars including Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney.