When the Big Issue asked Gary Barlow what he thought about Noel Gallagher’s near-appointment as an X Factor judge, Barlow replied:

“I don’t know about (Noel being a good judge)… It’s a big commitment. If you’re going to get involved with something like this you’ve got to be prepared to give a lot of time and effort to it…I can’t see him doing it somehow.”

Although happy to have the phone ringing again, Barlow continues to wax world-weary during the interview.

“Of course nowadays…all anybody wants to talk about is the bloody X Factor and what they think the songs should be, and oh God…”

Barlow also reveals he wasn’t ready for the “circus” media attention devoted to The X Factor. “There’s so much I wasn’t prepared for,” he laughs. “The press stuff is just…actually quite funny. It’s so wrong and so untrue it becomes funny.”

The full interview with Gary Barlow is available in this week’s Big Issue, on sale until Sunday 20 November 2011 and available from Big Issue vendors. Vendors buy the magazine for £1 and sell to the public for £2.