Gary Barlow: 'I'm Glad There Are No Joke Acts This Year'
The X Factor judge praises talent of current crop of finalists...
The talent show judge, who famously crossed swords with Rylan Clark several times last year, has said he is much happier with the spread of talent in the current series.
He told Digital Spy: "There's no joke acts. There's some interesting characters in there, but for the first time in a long time, everybody who's through to the last 12 can really sing."
And Gaz was also bullish on his hopes of victory as a mentor this time around.
"I feel like I've got a great category here. Three bands. Great, talented, lovely young people.
"We're in with a shot. Stay tuned!"