Robbie Williams is being lined up for a very special performance with his former Take That band mates during the X Factor final.
If all goes to plan, Robbie, 44, who hasn’t performed with Gary Barlow, 47, Mark Owen, 46, and Howard Donald, 50, since 2011, will rejoin his pals on stage for a one-off performance.
The chart-topping man band, whose line up previously included Jason Orange, 48, will celebrate their 30 anniversary next year.
“Having Robbie on the panel has been a huge coup, but obviously backstage everyone has been talking about whether or not he’s going to sing at some point,” an insider told The Sun.
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“It seems a shame to have one of the biggest pop stars on the planet sat there and not hear him, so they’ve been plotting a surprise for the end of the series.
“It’s a while since they got together and nobody is completely sure when it was going to happen for the anniversary so it’ll be a massive moment.”
Last year, Robbie admitted that he would be keen to join the lads to celebrate their milestone anniversary next year.
“I’d like to repeat some of that. I enjoy working with them,” he told The Sun.
Robbie and wife Ayda are both X Factor judges
“I enjoy hiding in public. I enjoy the camaraderie and I enjoy writing songs with them too, so why not?”
The news of the band’s X Factor reunion comes as Robbie rejoins the panel following several weeks away while he was touring South America.
The pop star had been replaced on the panel by Nile Rodgers during his absence
Meanwhile, Robbie was spotted looking glum while visiting Winder Wonderland with wife and fellow X Factor judge Ayda Field, 39, on Wednesday night.
The last time the lads all performed together was 2011
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They attended the festive event in London’s Hyde Park with their kids Teddy, six, and Charlton, four.
An insider at the event said: "Robbie seemed in a bit of a funny mood. He wouldn’t talk to press on the red carpet, then he asked photographers to stop taking pictures of him.
"He said he’d be happy to pose for pictures but that he felt uncomfortable with them taking pictures of him while he was on any of the rides.
Take That in 1991
"He just kind of looked like he didn’t want to be there."
However, an event spokesman said Robbie enjoyed his visit.
They said: "Robbie, Ayda and their family enjoyed their night out at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, posing for pictures and speaking to media on the red carpet.
"So much so they are coming back again in the next few days. Robbie did politely ask that photographers do not take pictures of his children, which is perfectly reasonable."
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