Gary Barlow could be sued by Simon Cowell if his new BBC talent show is too similar to The X Factor.
The Take That singer is starting a new programme called Let It Shine, which will search for five singers to join a group to perform in a stage show about the band.
Barlow said he hasn’t spoken to his former boss, but, according to reports, the Syco founder is ready to sue if he thinks Let It Shine copies his own show.
“I haven’t spoken to him since I left X Factor three years ago. My show’s totally separate,” Barlow told the Mirror.
Meanwhile, Rita Ora has confirmed that she will not return to X Factor for its new series.
The singer made her debut as judge on the ITV singing contest last year and won the competition with her contestant Louisa Johnson. She had previously been a judge on BBC’s rival show The Voice.
Following the departure of fellow judges Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, various sources have now reported that Ora is stepping down from the show to concentrate on music and her work for the second Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.
Ora later confirmed the news, writing on Twitter: “I had a ball on @TheXFactor last year and will miss the team.” She also tweeted at Simon Cowell, saying: “[I] can’t wait to work with you again… I’ll be round for dinner soon. Thank you for the experience”.