Gary Barlow took on Walk The Line role to fight for more music to be on TV

Gary Barlow has revealed the reason he decided to join the judging panel on ITV's Walk The Line.

The Take That performer has jumped at the opportunity to work on a singing show as there isn't enough music on TV at the moment.

The ITV talent show premiered this week and Gary is one of the judges.

The show has faced mixed reactions from viewers with some fans loving the new nightly programme which features bands and solo acts performing.

The acts sing in front of the star-studded panel of judges including Craig David, Alesha Dixon and Dawn French to win a massive grand prize of £500,000.

Several viewers referred to Simon Cowells new show as a "Poundland" version of The X Factor which was axed this year after a 17-year stint.

Speaking to journalist Jay Rayner on his Out To Lunch podcast, Gary said: “We are in an age now, unfortunately, when I sit with broadcasters and they all say ‘music does not work on TV anymore’.

“I never know what they mean by that.

"The sad thing about music on TV nowadays is that we are all sort of forced into a show that has nothing to do with music. They throw us on for two minutes and that’s it.

“So when things like Walk the Line come along, I say ‘Thank God there is a window still.’”

The 51-year-old has being trying his best to get music back on British screens.

Over the summer Gary won praise for his Crooner Sessions which saw him perform livestream sets with top artists including Elton John, Boy George and his former Take That bandmate Robbie Williams.

In June, Gary landed his own show Gary Barlow: I’m With The Band, where guests included Anne-Marie and Craig David sang and discussed their idols.

Discussing the show at the time, the singer said: “A key reason for me doing this show for BBC One was that I wanted to get in a room with a load of people I love and respect and play music.

“We’re aiming to give artists a platform and place where they can perform and have fun. It’s simply a musical treat for everyone who loves watching the best musicians performing great songs from any genre and any decade.”

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