X Factor judge Gary Barlow has condemned the ‘bickering’ that has dogged the reality TV show, saying it wasn’t what viewers were tuning in for.

The focus should be on the contestants’ on-stage performances and not the judges’ arguments, he insisted.

Speaking on ITV’s Daybreak he said: “I’ll be honest, we’re not too fond of all falling out because it’s all about the contestant, it’s got to be with this competition. That’s what people are tuning in for.

“They can have bickering at home every day of the week. I don’t like us to be seen bickering on stage.”

His comments came after an on-screen row between judges Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos.

Gary is reported to have hosted a peace summit of sorts for the pair and demanded that they clear the air.

Arguing that The X Factor should not be about the judges’ feud, he said: “It’s all about what we’re putting on the stage and whether we like it or not, so when we all start falling out I’m not a fan of that at all.”

Kelly told BBC Radio 1’s Chris Moyles Show that she spoke to Tulisa last night and said the pair had ‘agreed to disagree’.

Gary added that he was not worried by Essex teenager Frankie Cocozza’s partying antics, saying: “I’ve had this conversation with him. He feels the need as an 18-year-old to go out and let his hair down.”

The Take That star said: “The point is with Frankie, we’ve never tried to sell him as the best singer.”