Cowell, who is the creator and producer of the show, was due to appear on the judge’s panel. Now, in a statement shared with Sky News, the 62-year-old music mogul says he wants to focus more on his responsibilities off camera.
“This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as the creator and producer as we build up to the hugely exciting launch of the first series of our new show, Walk The Line,” said Cowell. “On that basis, I am thrilled that Gary is joining the panel.”
“Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we have known each other a long time now – so I am delighted he is picking up the baton for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job.”
Also issuing a statement, Barlow told Sky: “When Simon calls, it’s usually with something fairly extraordinary. I’m so excited to be involved in a brand-new TV show, and of course my favourite part of Walk The Line is discovering new talent.”