Grieving Gary Barlow cancels plans to film X Factor 'Judge's House' segment abroad as he mourns loss of his daughter
23:44 GMT, 15 August 2012
Gary Barlow has ditched plans to film the X Factor's traditional Judge's House segment abroad, as he continues to grieve the loss of his baby daughter.
Following his announcement that he would not attend the show's press conference tomorrow, Mail Online has learned that Barlow, 34, plans to film his segment in the UK which will enable him to stay close to his family at this difficult time.
The news comes after Barlow pulled out of the press conference ahead of Saturday's launch to promote the new series of the popular reality show.
Judges Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and new recruit Nicole Scherzinger will now attend – without Barlow – the event which will include a screening of the first episode.
They've got The X Factor: Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh look like they mean business in a brand new promo
An X Factor spokesperson told the Mail Online: 'Due to personal circumstances Gary Barlow won’t be attending the press launch for The X Factor this week but he has been in touch with production to wish everyone well.'
Last week Gary revealed that his wife Dawn had given birth to a stillborn baby named Poppy, and he understandably is in mourning.
He bravely performed with Take That at the Olympic Closing Ceremony but asked for privacy for his family to mourn their loss.
Super trooper: Gary bravely performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony with the rest of Take That
The announcement comes just one day after a picture of the new look judges was released with Nicole and Tulisa showing off their enviable pins in silver mini-dresses.
The 34-year-old singer showcases her stunning curves in a revealing tasselled number, while Tulisa – pictured prior to dying her locks blonde – flaunts her figure in a patterned bodycon dress.
When asked about this year's talent Gary said:
'I think it’s been extraordinary this year. Everybody thinks so. I have
even heard cameramen saying to each other that it’s such a massive
improvement on last year.
'The standard has definitely gone up a few notches. I think the audience is going to love it.'
Better than ever: The quartet of judges have claimed this year's series will be an improvement on the 2011 season
Looking sharp in a double-breasted grey jacket, the Take That frontman admitted despite the Over 28s category usually being the underdog – made up by the likes of Wagner Fiuza-Carrilho, Johnny Robinson and Kitty Brucknell in recent years – he is keen to mentor them this time around.
He added: 'The category to watch is the Overs. The Overs category hasn’t been taken that seriously in the last few years but it has turned into the biggest contender this year. The standard is superb.'
But Tulisa seems keen to return to the category that brought her success last year, with the 24-year-old singer having mentored 2011 winners Little Mix.
Girl at work: Tulisa was seen at the ITV Studios in London, last night, after prerecording some material for television
Champion: Tulisa is keen to mentor the Groups category once again after guiding last year's winners Little Mix to success
Boss: Music mogul Simon Cowell has made no secret of the fact that he was disappointed with the talent on last year's series
She explained: 'The Groups this year are great. I think after Little Mix winning last year it’s made the Groups who have auditioned really up their game.'
However, Louis is looking to sink his teeth into a new challenge, and not be landed with the Overs yet again.
He said: 'Well the producers have promised me a good category this year so here’s hoping!!
'I’d like to mentor the boys this year, there are some really strong singers in that category,” the boyband mogul explained.'
This time around, the rules have changed slightly, with acts able to sing their own tracks in auditions.
Meanwhile, those who already have management will be able to enter the talent contest for the first time in history.
Nicole said: 'We're excited about this year's change and as acts are also able to write and perform thier own songs, everyone will be blown away by this year's series!'
The X Factor returns to ITV1 this Saturday