The X Factor 2011: Gary Barlow apologises to T’Pau’s Carol Decker

As the celebrity Twitter spat subsides, China in Your Hand re-enters the charts

Gary Barlow has apologised to Carol Decker, lead singer of 80s pop group T’Pau, for suggesting that she sang out of tune on the group’s 1987 single China in Your Hand.


The X Factor judge’s comments came after contestant Amelia Lily performed a version of the hit. Barlow said, “I remember the original of this song and it was nice to hear it sung in tune for once.”

An irate Decker took to Twitter to defend her singing, asking Barlow, “What’s your f*****g problem? I actually have perfect pitch.”

She also took a swipe at Barlow’s music, adding: “I had to suffer a Take That concert for the sake of my kids this summer.”

Barlow felt moved to apologise, tweeting: “Sincere apologies for my comment. There was no need.”

He also appeared to take Decker’s jibe about Take That in good humour, adding: “And sorry you had to sit through TT show.The things we do for our kids!”

Since Devlin’s performance of China in Your Hand, T’Pau’s original version has rocketed back into the charts.

Decker was clearly delighted with the news, yesterday tweeting: “China in Your Hand #62 on iTunes and rising, need more wine!”


Two questions remain: does Carol Decker really have perfect pitch? And could T’Pau be a new candidate for Christmas number one?