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Rita Ora joins judging panel for X Factor UK

"It's the new generation taking over"

By Liz Bautista | Published: 17 Jun 2015

Rita Ora in X Factor
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Rita Ora is set to sit as a judge on The X Factor UK. She will join Simon Cowell and singer Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the panel, as well as fellow new judge BBC radio host Nick Grimshaw.

The Black Widow singer is no stranger to hosting singing competitions, of course. Rita was a coach on BBC One's The Voice last season and, in 2012, appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor.

"I am excited to be coming back. I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can't wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It's the new generation taking over. Booooom," said the 24-year-old pop star.

The show apparently hit an all-time low in terms of ratings last year, so let's see if Rita and her pal Nick would be able to revive interest in the show.

The filming of season 12 will begin with live auditions on July 6 in Manchester, England.


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