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Gary Barlow, the Take That singer-songwriter and current judge on reality show 'The Uk X Factor', has come under fire after he allegedly humiliated a fragile contestant in scenes that were not aired on Sunday's episode (18th September 2011), reports the UK's Sun newspaper.
54-year-old Welsh contestant Ceri Rees was roundly criticised for her rendition of a Whitney Houston hit and was promptly sent home by X Factor judges, however, Barlow is accused of continuing the unnecessary humiliation in scenes not broadcast. Lily Allen has already tweeted her concern at the judges' behaviour towards a "clearly ill" Ms Rees. After watching her perform three songs, Barlow "sat with widow Ceri on the stage steps" and began rifling through her handbag. He then stunned the audience by pulling out her passport, holding it aloft and saying, "A passport? Well you won't be needing this". On Wednesday, Ceri's family were threatening legal action, claiming she had been "bullied and humiliated" on the show. One audience member, Ashlei Swain from Bridgend, noted, "She had her handbag so Gary was going on about why it was so special. He started rifling through it and found her passport. He held it up and mocked her and tried to get the audience to laugh with him. But people were booing".
Despite Ceri's obvious inability to sing in time or in tune, X Factor bosses broadcast seven minutes of her audition. They later played the 'Jaws' theme tune as she was given the bad news from the judges.


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What do these people expect clearly Mrs Rees cannot sing so why put herself through the audition 4 YEARS RUNNING! Producers clearly see the potential for great TV, I feel sorry for the talented people who get through but are not shown. Her family obviously know she would be made a fool of so why let her audition, it's rich saying they will sue when they watched her go on stage. If it was a relation of mine I wouldn't let her go in the first place.
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i agree with robert395, and plus i was there in the audience and this article has exagerated the whole situation!! Ceri herself was laughing with Gary!! Totally stupid article, get your facts right.
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Also there was no booing in the audience what so ever!! Gary was making Ceri feel at ease with the situation and sat with her chatting and being friendly, yes he did look through her handbag but he was only cheering up Ceri. He even went back stage with her for about 15 minutes to check if she was ok!!
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what a lot of crap??? i can not believe how the press is making up every single thing and trying to ruin extremely successful people with no reason.Gary Barlow was great with her and tried to cheer her up,he DID NOT intimidate her at all-i was there on the second row for god's sake.
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Gary Barlow is a smug, patronising snob. Full stop. I hope all Take That's future records flop. ITV should hang their heads in shame for their despicable treatment of a vulnerable woman who means no harm to anybody.
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