The talent judge, seen here endorsing Marcus, says he didn’t realise the strain the job brings when he signed up
I am looking forward to the weekend but I am also looking forward to Monday when it’s all over
X Factor head judge Gary Barlow claims he’s had a year of hell being on the talent show and can’t wait for it to end.
It’s left fans wondering if he will return in 2012. The Take That frontman joined the series this year as one of three new panellists.
But he now admits he never predicted the stress, the attacks, the demands, the upsets, the workload and the other judges’ tantrums. Barlow (40) said: “I am looking forward to the weekend but I am also looking forward to Monday when it’s all over. What shocked me was the constant bubble you’re in when you’re on this show.
“There have been nice weeks but there have been horrible weeks — but it’s been hard work.”Barlow’s comments have helped fuel speculation that he may not be back when X Factor returns next year.
Close pals of the chart-topper — who’ll be cheering for his big hope Marcus Collins tomorrow — say X Factor has put a strain on his personal home life. They claim his wife Dawn thinks he is “starting to look old” because of the pressure.
One source said: “Dawn is worried he will burn out if he doesn’t rest when this is over.”However, yesterday when asked at a press conference, judges Gary, Louis Walsh (59) and Tulisa Contostavlos (23) all said they would — with only Kelly Rowland (30) failing to respond.
And Gary’s stress levels might go up a level when he hears that X Factor rebel Frankie Cocozza is planning to cause mayhem by gatecrashing the show’s final tomorrow night.
The singer — booted off the show for boasting about taking cocaine — has pulled out of a party he was due to be hosting the same evening.Wildchild Frankie told club bosses he “needed” to withdraw from the bash, but didn’t explain why. Now pals say it is because he plans to head to London’s Wembley Arena and storm the stage.
He wants to mimic Pulp star Jarvis Cocker, who stormed the stage at the BRIT Awards in 1996 when the late Michael Jackson was singing Earth Song. Party-loving Frankie had arranged his own X Factor-themed bash at Cafe de Paris in London.
The X Factor Rehab Party was a cheeky reference to his cocaine-taking, but yesterday the event was suddenly cancelled, leading to wild speculation. A friend of Frankie said: “He’s been cheekily texting his old mentor Gary asking for a ticket. If he doesn’t get one that way, he’ll find a way in.”