Gary Barlow calls for X Factor Twitter ban
Tuesday 11 September 2012
X Factor judge Gary Barlow wants contestants to have their phones confiscated - to stop them using Twitter during the live shows.
He believes the wannabes should be barred from using them during the live shows because they spend too long on them and focus on negative comments from viewers.
Barlow spoke out about the hopefuls' Twitter use during the judges' houses stage of the contest.
It comes after the Take That star was the target of an internet troll, Kenneth Tong, who made a series of sick jokes about the singer's stillborn daughter Poppy.
Barlow said: "Last year's contestants spent too much time on Twitter when they should have been spending the time working on their songs and performances."
Speaking at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, where he is based for this stage of the contest, he said contestants were letting the occasional criticism outweigh the upbeat comments on social networking sites.
"They'd look at 100 comments and 99 would be positive but all they would think about was the one that was negative. It's not good for them," Barlow said.
"If they didn't see Twitter, it would be much better for them. If I have my way, I'll take their phones off them as soon as they go into the contestants' house.
"The X Factor is hard work. They need to put all their energies into their performances, rather than worrying about who has said what about them on Twitter."
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
Yemen crisis: Meet the child soldiers who have forsaken books for Kalashnikovs
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This privately-owned company designs and manuf...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen at th...
£36000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...