Gary Barlow: Returned to 'X Factor' confirmed
Singer-songwriter Gary Barlow has confirmed that he is returning for a second series on The X Factor, admitting that he is "thrilled to be back" on the ITV1 talent show.
The pianist and record producer, who mentored Marcus Collins to the runner-up spot on last year's show, is the first judge confirmed for the 2012 series.
"I'm thrilled to be back and really looking forward to working with the X Factor team again," said Barlow.
"The fact that a superstar could just walk out on that stage is very exciting."
Simon Cowell, the show boss, has claimed that, Barlow has "earned his place" on the panel and said that was "excited" to be working alongside Barlow again.
Peter Fincham, the director of television of ITV has said: "Gary quickly established himself as a key member of The X Factor judging panel, drawing on his years of experience in the music industry to help in the search for our undiscovered singing stars.
"I'm thrilled to welcome him back to the biggest show on British television."