Simon Cowell wants Rita Ora on X Factor judging panel?

Published Wednesday, Apr 15 2015, 11:09 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Simon Cowell is reportedly planning to steal The Voice UK coach Rita Ora to be a judge on The X Factor.

The new series of the ITV talent show is approaching, and with Simon and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini already confirmed to be making a return, could Rita be the next star to sit on the famous panel?

Rita Ora confirmed as the new coach on The Voice UK for series four.


The Daily Star reports that music mogul and show boss Simon is keen to poach Rita from the BBC One talent show.

"I saw Rita on The Voice and I thought she was very good," Simon told the newspaper. "When it comes to asking her over, you know, it's fair game."

This isn't the first time Rita has been approached to sign up for The X Factor. In 2013, Rita revealed that she turned down an offer to become a judge because of her music commitments.

Simon Cowell at the X Factor final. 14/12/2014.

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And Rita isn't new to the process either, as she filled in as a guest judge on the 2012 series when she helped out during the audition process.

Rita signed up as a coach on The Voice UK's fourth series, which wrapped up at the beginning of this month. Despite being popular with the viewers, Rita hinted that she may not return for another series.

She said after the live final in a message posted to Instagram: "I'm gonna miss these guys….thank you for being 3 of the best people to work with ever!"

In other X Factor news, long-standing judge Louis Walsh said last week that he was "done" with the show, but former judge Gary Barlow reckons the Irish manager will be back for a 12th series.

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