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29 November 2012, 12:19
The X Factor UK judge has admitted this could be his last year on the show's panel.
Gary Barlow has cast doubt on his future as a judge on The X Factor UK as well as confirming plans to record a new Take That album in the new year.
The 'Shame' singer, who kicked off his new solo concert tour at the Royal Albert Hall this week, says the group plan to reunite in 2013 to work on their next record, as well as admitting 2012 could be his last year on The X Factor UK panel.
"Could I judge alongside Simon Cowell if he came back [to X Factor]? Mmm, I don't know," Gary revealed to The Mirror this week. "I have enjoyed this series more than last year but the show feels like it has been going on for a year this time.
"If this is my last year, I've had a lot of fun and enjoyed every minute," the UK singer teased.
Gary also promised Take That fans the group were planning to release their next album hopefully by Christmas next year, with a potential new UK tour planned for 2014.
"I have got a lot of Take That stuff next year and then, hopefully, a tour the year after," Gary explained. "A new studio album feels right for us, it has always been in our minds.
"The band cycles are obvious, everyone wanted a year off this year and now everybody can't wait to get back into the studio in February and that's what we are going to do.
"So hopefully an album for Christmas and a tour the following year," Gary added. "We're far from over. We're all creative, we're singers and songwriters. There's plenty left in us, don't worry."
Check out a picture of Gary Barlow performing live on his solo tour this week at the Royal Albert Hall below (Credit: Getty):
Fans attending Gary's first solo concert this week got a surprise when his sometime bandmate Robbie Williams joined him on stage for a duet, returning a favour from Robbie's own tour show at the O2 Arena last week.