Gary Barlow has signed up to return for a second series of The X Factor, it has been confirmed.
The Take That star - who has also been working on Diamond Jubilee celebrations - said he was "thrilled" to be back on the judging panel.
He joins Louis Walsh who has already announced he will be taking part in the 2012 series.
Gary said: "I'm thrilled to be back and really looking forward to working with The X Factor team again. The fact that a superstar could just walk out on that stage is very exciting."
Open auditions for the next series have already been held ahead of the judges sitting in for the next stage of the contest.
Simon Cowell said of the signing: "Gary has earned his place and I'm excited to be working with him again."
This year hopefuls can enter regardless of whether they have management deals.
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