Gary Barlow could be starring alongside television's most loved meerkat, Alexandr Orlov, for a new advert after being offered a staggering six-figure fee.
The X Factor mentor has reportedly taken a break from judging pop star hopefuls to sing with stuffed meerkats during a weekend of filming on the set of Coronation Street in Manchester, in a new marketing scheme with money comparison website Compare the Market.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Gary got asked a while back if he fancied being part of their new adverts. He thought it would be a great idea. It's all a bit of fun and of course the giant pay cheque for a weekend's work didn't do any harm."
Gary, 42, was spotted prancing around the cobbles in exercise gear with a bunch of familiar faces from the long-running ITV soap.
Gary Barlow is tipped to sing alongside the popular meerkat (WENN)
The new footage will replace the existing ads and will be shown before, during and after the show.
"There is no obvious link between the adverts and Gary. The ad will see him star alongside some of the Corrie regulars and the stuffed meerkats. Viewers will also get to hear him rattle out a tune," the source explained.
Gary had hinted at his upcoming collaboration on Twitter, where he revealed he had returned to his native of Northern England.
He wrote: "In Manchester filming today! Always nice to be back up north!"
He added: " Still shooting away here in Manchester! They don't appreciate I've missed Sunday brunch to be up here! (sic) "
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