The judges get very close on panel

Gary Barlow isn’t fazed when Nicole Scherzinger gets flirty with him on The X Factor.

The Take That star sits next to Nicole, 35, on the panel and he’s become accustomed to the pretty singer cheekily pulling him closer to her.

She does it a lot,’ says Gary, 42.

I’ve got used to it now. Just goes to show you can get used to anything, can’t you?

But you know what, I think she knows she is safe flirting with me. I’m a happily married man.’

Gary – who has three children with wife Dawn – enjoys having a front row seat to Nicole’s outrageous antics.

She is full-on and that’s good,’ he tells the Mirror.

I love it when she gets up and dances – it always tickles me.’

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Anna Francis