Robbie Williams set to join Take That

TakeThat fans had hoped to see ­Robbie Williams back in the line-up as part of the band’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2020.

But fans are in for a treat sooner than they could have wished for — after they secretly agreed to team up on the X Factor after Rob joined the judging panel.

The Angels star is hoping to join pals Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen on stage later this series in a surprise ­performance. A source said: “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.

“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.” Robbie told The Sun back in 2017 that he would be keen to reunite with his bandmates at some stage to mark the milestone — even if Jason Orange could not be ­persuaded to join in.

But it’s not clear whether Rob intends to be part of the full anniversary tour.

He confirmed: “I’d like to repeat some of that. I enjoy working with them.

“I enjoy hiding in public. I enjoy the camaraderie and I enjoy writing songs with them too, so why not?”

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