X Factor judge Gary Barlow has been baring all

While X Factor hopefuls are practising 24/7 for the next round of the show, for the judges, life’s a beach.

Gary Barlow, 40, was spotted on holiday in Saint-Tropez last week with his wife Dawn Andrews – and had, erm, more pressing matters on his mind than the show’s return this weekend.

Gaz is still clearly smitten with Dawn, 41, his wife of 11 years.

Holidaying in France with her, their children Daniel, 11, Emily, nine, and Daisy, 2, and pals including Jason Donovan – yes, really! – the Take That star looked chilled and happy.  

Someone who’s less cheery is co-judge Louis Walsh, 59.

He’s moaned: I was expecting to be head judge this year, but on day one Gary stole my head judge mug and sat in Simon Cowell‘s old seat.’

Ooh, handbags!

See the sizzling pictures of Gary Barlow snogging Dawn in Now magazine dated 22 August – out now!

 Now cover 22 August 2011

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