Barlow to rival Cowell with X Factor-style show

Gary Barlow is apparently looking to take on Simon Cowell – with his own music reality show for the BBC.

The Take That star is keen to rival Simon’s X Factor with his format which will be searching for a new boyband, according to reports in The Sun.

The singer-songwriter, who recently set up his own record label, is believed to have first offered the concept to ITV, after working with them on songs for teen drama Britannia High.

ITV bosses turned him down fearing it could annoy Simon – but the BBC loved the idea and want it to air later this year.

It’s thought that Gary’s show could replace Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reality programmes for the BBC.

A BBC source said: “Gary is really keen to get into TV and has come up with a cracking idea. We’ve got high hopes for it. If it gets off the ground it could be something we do every year.”

Simon will not be happy that Gary is trying to usurp him as reality show king – especially as he recently invited Take That to mentor contestants on The X Factor.

Gary, who recently teamed up with Peter Kay on the talent show spoof, Britain’s Got The Pop Factor, has spoken of his desire to take on Simon, who is also the brains behind American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent.

Gary said: “I will do what he has done – but my way.”

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