Take That star Gary Barlow has slammed Britney’s ‘mimed’ performance on The X Factor, as the group’s latest album trounces the pop princess’s in the UK album charts.

The man-band’s latest album, The Circus, broke the record for first-day sales – shifting 133,000 copies – and is currently number one in the midweek chart, while Britney’s album, Circus, sits at number three.

Speaking at the international launch of their album in Paris, Gary told the Daily Mirror: “I don’t see the point of Britney anymore, she was rubbish on the show. I think she’s more famous than she deserves to be now.”

Take That themselves performed on the X Factor the week before Britney, and mentored the finalists as they sang their hits – while Britney has been criticised for ‘miming’ her song, Womanizer, and snubbing the contestants.

Gary went on: “Why come on a show like that and mime? I don’t like her new song either. Her old stuff was great but maybe she should have spent more time on this one.”

Bandmate Howard Donald added: “The truth is all the contestants on X Factor are so talented and were able to sing and dance live, so why couldn’t Britney do it? It’s the whole point of the show and her miming looked stupid.”

“I’m glad she’s back but X Factor wasn’t right for her.”

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