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Gary Barlow 'finalises X Factor deal'

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Gary Barlow has reportedly signed a deal to become a new judge on The X Factor.

The Take That star, who was rumoured to have been in "advanced talks" to join the show, will replace Simon Cowell.

It was recently confirmed that Cowell will not appear as a weekly judge on this year's show as he launches the singing competition in America.

Louis Walsh has also finalised his deal to return to the UK version for his seventh year, while Dannii Minogue has been invited back but has yet to sign her contract, The Sun reports.

A source told the paper: "Louis has been told he's back - and Gary is now a definite.

"Gary knows the business inside and out. If anyone could replace Simon, it's him."

Meanwhile, Cheryl Cole is also expected to leave the UK version after it was announced that she will join Cowell on The X Factor USA.

Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland has apparently been approached to replace her. Alesha Dixon and Lily Allen have also been tipped for the role.

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