Gary Barlow: Marcus is right to release album quickly
Gary Barlow says Marcus Collins has made the "right move" by releasing his solo material so soon after X Factor.
Collins, who was mentored by Barlow on the show, came second to Little Mix in the series finale last month.
Barlow said: "[Marcus] came off the show and said 'I didn't win, I came in second place, I'll be forgotten by October. I want to do something now.'
"So we got him straight into the studio and he's definitely done the right move as far as I'm concerned."
"I think his album's out in about four weeks. That's the way to do it."
Collins has recorded a cover of Seven Nation Army, originally by The White Stripes, which he will release as his debut single.
X Factor contestants often take up to a year to release an album, but Barlow says there's nothing wrong with releasing material sooner.
"If you know what you're doing and you know your direction, know who you are, you can turn a record round in that sort of time," he said.
"He's got live musicians on his record. I think it's going to be a great sound and I'm really looking forward to hearing it finished."
'Peace and quiet'
In previous years, runners-up on the programme have often ended up being more successful than the winner.
In 2009, Olly Murs came second to Joe McElderry, but Murs has since sold more records, scoring three number one singles in the UK.
Other cases of successful runners-up include JLS - who to date have sold more than Alexandra Burke - and One Direction, who have outsold every other X Factor act from their year.
Gary Barlow says he's enjoying having a break from judging the singing competition.
"We've just come out of six months of doing it. It's just like peace and quiet at the moment," he said.
The 41-year-old says he hasn't yet decided whether he will return to the judging panel for the next series.
"We're not really thinking about whether we're coming back or not yet, but I did really enjoy the series and I would love to come back this year," he said.
Barlow was speaking backstage at Wednesday's (25 January) National Television Awards, where The X Factor won best talent show.