Simon Cowell wasn't sure about X Factor judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora

Published Monday, Aug 17 2015, 17:06 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Simon Cowell admitted he wasn't sure about his new X Factor judges Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora at first.

After all those rumours that everyone from Zayn Malik to Zoella were the new recruits to the X Factor judging panel, you'd imagine boss Simon was delighted when the line-up was confirmed.

Well, he wasn't actually! Simon wasn't sure Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw were the right choice after all...

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw take a selfie, X Factor auditions, Wembley
16 July

© Instagram / @ritaora

Speaking to The Sun, Simon explained that before filming began he had even been thinking about hiring Louis Walsh again.

"I wasn't sure, normally whenever we have anyone new in I'm on the phone to Louis within three hours to replace them. I'm sure he had his bags packed at the front door."

But the talent judge explained he was pleased with the new judges when filming finally kicked off. Speaking about Rita Ora, he said: "She's a bit of a ditz, but it's part of her personality. What I like about her is that she's not afraid to admit that.

"She doesn't say something and then scream at the producers to edit it out. She can poke fun at herself."

As for Nick, Simon said: "He's like a really friendly dog, really friendly, he always wants to be stroked and be happy." Well, we're going to take that as a glowing compliment!

Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Simon Cowell and Nick Grimshaw at X Factor audtions, July 2015

© Instagram / @nicholasgrimshaw

Rita has previously gushed about her relationship with fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini saying: "Being on a panel with another female is amazing, especially with Cheryl being such a girls' girl, me and her really kicked it off straight away. I'm really happy that I just get to have a laugh with someone that gets it."

With four happy judges we're expecting some entertaining, upbeat viewing...we can't wait for the series to finally kick off!

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