Former Take That frontman Gary Barlow will replace Simon Cowell as judge on ITV’s upcoming show Walk The Line.
Well, the 62-year-old will be stepping down from his on-screen position to focus on his role as creator and producer for the show’s first series.
He said: “This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as creator and producer as we prepare for the extremely exciting launch of the first series of our new. show, Walk The Line. “
“On that basis, I am delighted that Gary is joining the panel. Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we’ve known each other for a long time now – so I’m delighted he’s taking over for me for the first set of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job.
Cowell’s appearance on Walk The Line was set to mark his return to British television after breaking his back when he fell from an electric bike he was testing at his home in Malibu in August last year.
The show will offer variety musical performers a chance to win a prize, but to win the money they have to decide whether they want to cash in or risk it all to stay in the competition.
GOOD NEWS GANG😭🤯😆 To watch talent shows made by this growing man to host one myself on the big bloody ITV is honestly a dream🥺 so so grateful for the opportunity and excited for this next chapter 🙏🏽 Walk The Line .. coming soon .. brb gna screaming from my balcony pic.twitter.com/ywveZ085RC
– Maya Jama (@MayaJama) September 14, 2021
Barlow, who celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this year, has carved out a successful television career alongside his music after serving as a judge on The X Factor and Let It Shine.
He said, “When Simon calls, it’s usually with something pretty extraordinary. I’m so excited to be on a brand new TV show, and of course my favorite part of Walk The Line is discovering new talent. It’s also great to work with the ITV team again.
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During the lockdown, Barlow delighted fans by hosting his daily Crooner sessions on social media, which saw him perform with musicians including his former bandmate Take That Robbie Williams and Sir Cliff Richard, as well as Jason Donovan, Shane Filan of Westlife and Olly Murs of The X Factor.
In September, it was announced that Maya Jama would host Walk The Line.
Her TV credits include presenting the third season of the BBC’s Glow Up: The Next British Makeup Star and she joined Celebrity Juice as a regular panelist earlier this year.
A statement from ITV said: “We are delighted that Gary has decided to join the Walk The Line family and we understand and support Simon’s decision to focus on his role as producer and creator for this first series.
“Gary will bring his musical expertise as one of the world’s greatest singer-songwriters, which promises to uncover brilliant new talent and provide the once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a life-changing award.”