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X Factor judge Gary Barlow has revealed one hope he has for this series – to be drenched in water by Sharon Osbourne.

Sharon – who has returned to the panel this series – has gained a reputation for similar behaviour in previous years, having previously thrown water at both Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.

And in a bid to follow in their footsteps, Gary told the show’s official website “That’s my ambition actually,” when asked about whether he was in line for a soaking from his feisty co-judge.

The second week of auditions are due to be screened this weekend, but viewers have already seen Gary indulge in some water-throwing of his own, having dampened rocker Fil Henley during last Sunday’s Wembley Arena show.

“Sharon has inspired me,” he admitted. “I’m big with water nowadays. Mrs O has brought out the worst in all of us.”

He added: “Fil was up on the desk and it all kicked off – the crowd were going mad – it was fun!”

The X Factor continues on Saturday night at 8pm on ITV1 as the next batch of hopefuls perform for the judges in the ‘closed’ auditions in the hope of winning a place at Wembley.