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Gary Barlow entered talent show
Before his meteoric rise to stardom Gary was just another hopeful.
He may be a songwriter supreme, a platinum selling artist and a multi-millionaire but one day he was just another hopeful.
Back in 1989 a fresh-faced Gary entered a talent show at the The Willows Club in Salford to take part in the Manchester Evening News Search For A Star contest.
Sadly, his efforts weren't quite up to scratch and he ended up in 3rd place.
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Former MEN editor Michael, a judge on the night, described the young Gary as a likeable young man but one who never really took charge of the stage during his performance.
He told the paper: "The visions I have in my head was of a 17 year old boy who was nice on stage but not particularly special."
"He was just a nice young boy who had potential, I guess his weakness, if there was one, was his age as it was very hard for us to know if he was going to be a star."
"But we did spot that he had potential as he won a special award on the night for displaying "best long term prospects" so we did get something right!"
Despite losing out at the Search For A Star talent quest, 1989 happened to be the year that he met music manager Nigel Martin-Smith and his path to fame began to be mapped out.
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