“This show gets to me because it follows me round all week,” said the judge, “and we are in it from now until Christmas. I hate it but I love it.”
The cause of his unexpected outburst was the controversial vote to keep novelty act Rylan Clark in the competition at the expense of Barlow’s own act Carolynne Poole.
Barlow later expressed concern that âin the short-term the reputation of the show has definitely been damagedâ? and hinted that he may not return next year, saying that it was too early to decide.