Admitting that he rang Cheryl Cole to find out about what the job would entail before he took it, Gary told DJ Chris Moyles on his BBC Radio 1 show: ” Before I took the job on, I had a couple of phone conversations with Cheryl, because I really wanted to know the ins and outs of the show.
“She said you need to ask for your category, you should be able to tell them which category you want. So the whole way through I was telling them I want the ‘X’, I want the ‘X’… and of course I didn’t get it, they gave me something else.”
Praising Cheryl by saying she was “brilliant”, Gary added that it was Cheryl who helped him make the final decision about whether or not to take the job offered to him by Simon Cowell.
The Take That frontman added: “She was brilliant, she really told it to me like the TV company hadn’t told it to me. She told me how long the audition days would be, and the frustrating times, and what was difficult and what wasn’t.
“She was really offering everything I needed to know so I could really make a decision on whether I wanted to do it or not. It was very sweet of her and I saw her recently, and she’s on great form I think.”