Official: Rita Ora Joins ‘The X Factor UK’

Published: Tuesday 16th Jun 2015 by Sam

After weeks of speculation, it has finally been confirmed – Rita Ora has joined The X Factor UK as a judge.

Details below…

Confirmation came via Ora herself and fellow panel member Cheryl Fernandez Versini. Both posted the shot below on Instagram moments ago, with the latter adding the caption:

Excited to be back on @thexfactoruk. Welcome to the show @ritaora and @nicholasgrimshaw.. and of course Cowell himself! this year is going to be so much fun!!! We’re so excited to find the next star


The new panel serves as quite the coup for creator Simon Cowell and broadcaster ITV. For in Ora case, they’ve publicly poached her from her red chair over at rival The Voice (which she starred on earlier this year). While the addition of BBC DJ Nick Grimshaw (who replaces long-serving panel member Louis Walsh) is being billed as a credibility-adding move for the show.

It’ll be very interesting to see how this all plays out when the big X returns to the box later this year.

Pending then, Ora’s new single ‘Poison’ is released on June 28th.

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  1. Molly June 16, 2015

    Cheryl is one of the most beautiful girls on the planet. #UkQueen

    Congrats RiRi

  2. MISHKA June 16, 2015

    Great news. She definitely needs to sit down somewhere for a while, pun intended.
    Any woman in that business who is struggling with her career should rub shoulders with Simon Cowell at some point. The guy does wonders. Look at Kelly Rowland, Nicole Sherzinger, Mel B…
    Ciara, you’re next gurl.

  3. blue June 16, 2015

    not surprised, has the girl never heard of a little thing called loyalty? Stop chasing fame and actually stand for one defining thing.

  4. Centurion June 16, 2015

    Oh my God. Is that… is that Cheryl Tweedy Monica Cherry Lorraine Fernandez Charles Ludwig Medusa Cole Versini – the greatest and highest selling female in the UK after Adele? SCREAAAAAMS. I miss this flop’s posts.
    Sam, you gotta start making Cheryl posts again.
    ???? ???? ????

  5. Skyfall June 16, 2015

    Can someone explain why it took 12 writers to write How We Do Party?

    • Aj June 16, 2015

      Because it contains a sample you ignorant h**

  6. Al June 16, 2015

    That’s the final nail in the coffin for the X Factor here. She’s a s**** and he’s more annoying than Sam’s post about Rita on here. Won’t be going to the auditions now #RIP

    • CherylSoldierr June 16, 2015

      Go for Cheryl sis

      • Al June 16, 2015

        My fella loves her it will bomb now Whora be sgagging contestants n camera men

  7. Musika June 16, 2015

    Hahaha “credibility adding”, Nick has some connection within the media who probably helped pay for editors to write that statement across newsites. How does a DJ “mentor” on artist?

  8. LB June 16, 2015

    Sam’s iconic shade: “In all fairness to Cheryl, she possess traits that make her an effective Pop star…on paper. Indeed, she looks the part, acts the part, and provides enough tabloid fodder to ensure she gets the parts. However, that voice of hers is so mundanely monotone that it jarrs to no end. Never have we noted an act with so many flats, sharps, and cracks on actual studio released vocals as we have on Cheryl’s. It’s abominable.”

    • CherylSoldierr June 16, 2015

      But you used to Stan s****** and Katy? I don’t get it sis…

  9. TheElusiveLamb June 16, 2015

    Cheryl looks beautiful

  10. Carmen June 16, 2015

    Both of them are flops and have no shame! I wouldnt want to judge a show knowing that a lot of the past finalists careers slay mine and they can actually make the Hot 100 and I can’t. Prime examples of how a pretty face can get you exposure.

  11. cocobutta June 16, 2015

    Rita goes from show to show like she does from d1k to d1k!!!

    Those legs and mouth just wont close. ???? ????

  12. CherylSoldierr June 16, 2015

    Yaaaaaas queen Cheryl! The 2 UK queens with the MOST number 1 singles. And death at the pressed villager(s) above. Keep streaming Cheryl boo

  13. Dem Lessers June 16, 2015

    Oop, look who came out of hiding. Thought someone would’ve had sence to run from the sinking ship when their favs last single reached #70 then dropped out off the top 100 the following week…anyways Pretty Girls is heading for top 10 this week, celebrate!!!

  14. Lily June 16, 2015

    She’s still a flop who goes from one d**k to another that’s what we call Whora b***h.

  15. CherylSoldierr June 16, 2015

    On what planet is pretty girls heading for the top 10? That mess couldn’t even break the top 25 w a radio deal, awards show performance and video in the span of 2 weeks. Stop self dragging you low income, council estate rat.

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