'It's not a singing competition': Robbie Williams blasts X Factor and says 'boring' contestants will 'go nowhere'
15:02 GMT, 25 October 2012
The strong friendship that Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams once had may be gone for good.
After publicly backing wannabe pop star Rylan Clark, Robbie has now hit out at Gary and the X Factor.
The Take That star, who is going to perform on the X Factor this weekend, dismissed the Saturday night show and said that it is in no way a real singing contest.
Best of friends: Gary Barlow will not be pleased when he hears that Robbie Williams dismissed the X Factor and said it's not a singing competition
Speaking to Short List magazine, Robbie said: 'Somebody will come on and do an audition and sing their arse off, but they can’t project and they’re boring and they’ll go nowhere.'
The strong comments may come as a surprise to Rylan, who Robbie urged people to vote for after Gary said that the perma-tanned singer had no talent.
While Robbie was very critical of the show he also took a swipe at One Direction and said that they probably didn't get on as well as the public thought.
Talking about his own difficult relationship with Gary, he said: 'I just really disliked him. I loved him and disliked him.
In the past: Robbie and Gary have had a temperamental friendship but have become close since burying the hatchet
Brewing trouble: Robbie also claimed that One Direction were perhaps not as close as the public think they are
'I’m sure that in One Direction right now, there’s going to be hatred between certain members for certain things, all young and daft stuff.'
Earlier this month the Rock DJ singer annoyed his friend when he took to Twitter on Saturday night to back Rylan, who has been voted through to next week's show, despite the fact that Gary has been vocal about his dislike for the contestant.
“TEAM RYLAN ALL THE WAY VOTE RYLAN” Robbie's backing @rylanclark on @TheXFactor… who's got your vote,' he wrote on his Twitter page.
Controversial: Rylan, centre, has been given the backing of Robbie, even though the singer claims X Factor contestants will go nowhere
The 38-year-old star, who's became a dad for the first time in March this year, then linked to his personal blog where he reiterated his thoughts.
Gary admitted his annoyance over Robbie's admission on Sunday night's results show, after host Dermot O'Leary brought it up.
'20 years of knowing each other and it's all over in five letters' said Gary.