Rylan Clark surprises Gary Barlow on The Xtra Factor with a red rose!

Published Monday, Oct 21 2013, 16:57 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Rylan Clark made a sensational return to The X Factor last night to surprise judge Gary Barlow.

Rylan, who finished fifth place on last year's show, appeared on spin-off show The Xtra Factor on Sunday (20 October), where he greeted Take That frontman Gary with open arms, while handing him a single red rose!

Rylan Clark on The Xtra Factor (20 October)


Gary Barlow on The Xtra Factor (20 October)


At first, Gary's reaction was less welcoming, as he held his head in his hands! Although, Gary soon began to laugh along with fellow judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger.

It's no secret that Gary wasn't exactly a fan on Rylan during last year's show, but the pair did manage to find some common ground and were involved in plenty of banter during the show.

Last night, Gary and Rylan were finally reunited! Xtra co-host Caroline Flack told the judges that she had a surprise in store for them.

Rylan Clark and Gary Barlow on The Xtra Factor (20 October)


Rylan gives Gary a hug after his surprise appearance on The Xtra Factor

She explained: "Now we're getting to the end of 'Love and Heartbreak' week, so we wanted to get you a gift that would really tug on your heartstring. A gift that money can't buy, a gift that really needs no introduction..."

Within seconds, Rylan appeared from the stage door clasping a rose and singing Take That's classic song, 'Back For Good'. Although the ballad didn't last for long though, as Rylan soon stepped into his comfort zone with a dance track.

Jumping about on the stage, the Celebrity Big Brother winner declared from the top of his lungs: "I'm back!"

Rylan Clark backstage on The Xtra Factor

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Rylan Clark backstage with former mentor Nicole Scherzinger on The Xtra Factor

© Twitter / @Rylan

After hugging Gary, Rylan moved over to share a hug with former mentor Nicole.

Ahead of Rylan's return, he let fans in on the surprise, tweeting: "Shhhhh don't tell the judges. Tune into Xtra Factor 9pm Itv2 for a Rylan Surprise."

It was also a reunion for Nicole and Rylan, who have remained good friends since last year's show. Cuddling up to Nicole backstage, Rylan simply said: "#ScherzyBoyForLife x."

Watch Rylan's Spice Girls medley from his time on X Factor: