Barlow, Allen to join `X Factor`?

London: Singer Gary Barlow and Lily Allen are likely to join talent hunt show ‘The X Factor’ as judges.

"Contracts are due to be signed this week for the existing judges who are returning. Lily Allen and Gary Barlow are the names that are being talked about to fill the vacancies," quoted a senior source from "X Factor" as saying.

Music mogul Simon Cowell is returning to the show, but only for the live programmes and on such occasions there will be five judges.

ITV boss Peter Fincham said the new season will be "very different".

"We will announce plans for the panel when we are ready. But what I can tell you at this stage is that the new series of `The X Factor` will be very new and very different from what we have seen before," said Fincham.