Gary Barlow talks competitiveness with Robbie Williams

by Martin


X Factor judge Gary Barlow (not for long) has admitted that he’s looking forward to competing in the Official Charts with his old bandmate Robbie Williams.

The pair will go head to head next month when they both release some new material. Barlow confessed that he’s excited because the pair are so competitive.

Gary Barlow will release his new solo material ‘Since I Saw You Last’ on the 25th of November while Robbie Williams will release his new track ‘Swing Both Ways’ one week after so fans will be rushing to get their favourite the better spot in the charts

The X Factor judge spoke with MTV News and said that he loves challenging Robbie Williams and this will be the perfect chance to exercise their playful nature:

Robbie Williams

“We’re a competitive pair me and Rob, we get competitive just being in the same room or same dinner table, so yeah, I’m looking forward to existing in the same chart.”

He continued:I am looking forward to it, just because it comes from a much better place than it used to come from, our competition. I have a lot of love for him and I know he’s got just a little bit for me.”

“I mean the interesting thing is, I’ve written a song on his new record and he’s written one on mine so we share the love around these days.”

Gary Barlow also confirmed on the X Factor live shows that this year would be his last. The rumours began after Chris Evans apparently let it slip that Barlow would be ending his run on the show.

During the live shows on October 12th Gary confirmed the speculation and said live on air:

“I’ve been here for three years and I’m so glad that for my last year on the show I get to mentor you guys.”


Later that night he spoke through his PR firms Twitter account and elaborated:

“Next year is looking to be a busy year for me & XF is a full time job so it felt like the right time to hand over the baton… I’ve loved being a part of the show and have met and worked with some fantastic people… ”

“But most importantly, more than ever, I want to go out with the winning act this year. Come on the groups!”

Are you a Gary or Robbie fan? Which will you be supporting in this chart race next month? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter and Facebook.

Watch Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams perform their duet ‘Shame’ on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2010.


  1. lizzy on October 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Nothing against Rob, I wish him all the best, but I’m team Barlow all the way.

  2. Hazel on October 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I have always been a ‘Gary Girl’ and always will be – but I’ve nothing against Robbie now. In fact what they say about them competing, it reminds me of the film “Grumpy Old Men” – where the two old geezers’ constantly compete with each other but at the end of the day, they love and respect each other! So, there’s no need to choose between them, I can afford to support both albums but I’ll happily admit I’m looking forward to Gary’s the most!

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