Rita Ora Confirms ‘X Factor’ Exit / About To Sign With Warner Music?

Published: Tuesday 10th May 2016 by Sam

Rita Ora is making a number of major career moves.

Rumors hit the wire last night that the singer had departed The X Factor UK judging panel.

The explanation given? Ora is on the cusp of signing a lucrative new record deal and that the recording of her new album doesn’t align with the show’s shooting schedule.

Fast forward to this morning and the 25-year-old has confirmed the news – in part.

Details below…

Moments ago on Twitter, the five-time chart-topper shared the following:

After a successful debut last year, she follows fellow panelist Cheryl Fernandez-Versini in leaving the hit ITV show.

Sources close to the situation report that the ‘Body On Me’ belter is specifically about to sign with Warner Music (home to Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran).

The news suggests she’s nearing the end of her legal wrangle with Jay Z‘s Roc Nation, who she sued in December for neglecting her music career. They have since countersued, though that was said to be more of a legal necessity to cover a number of backs.

Seemingly omnipresent in the media, the star attributes much of that to her management team – which never was the Roc.

Still, in making lemonade out of the situation, she’s carved out a successful acting run.

Word has it she’s wrapping up filming of ’50 Shades Darker’ in Vancouver, Canada and will thereafter push music with a renewed vigour.

A source summed up the situation as such:

“Music is Rita’s number one passion and the new record deal which she is in the final stages of agreeing will enable her to finally release new music.

Her plan is to record immediately, have music released for later this year and then tour the album. That means Rita is unable to do X Factor this year.

Rita loved working with Simon and learned a lot from him. She hopes they’ll work together again in the future.

But it’s just not logistically possible as Rita’s music and film career is now taking up the rest of her year.”

Sounds like a plan.

We’re excited to see a focussed music roll-out from her.

With an equal balance of fans and critics, now really is the time for her to show, prove, and impact in a way that isn’t debatable.

The ball’s in her court.

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  1. Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB May 10, 2016

    Good on her.

  2. ???????Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??????? May 10, 2016

    Wow, Calvin was correct! She really is a fighter and hard worker despite the messiness. Well, you can’t keep a woman like that down for too long, so I’ll be waiting for the new pop jams.

    • HALF AMAZIN May 10, 2016

      It’s never gonna happen for this h**.

  3. Weezy Tha Goat/Zayn Is ? May 10, 2016

    Sign to Warner for what? She’s just gonna flop.

  4. Beystan_ Since 1997 May 10, 2016

    Rita, YOU WILL NEVER HAPPEN! I have nothing against her and I’m far from being a “HATER”. However it doesn’t matter who she is signed to the public is more interested in your (public persona, romance, and looks… Superficial things). It’s been at least 4 years now and you have yet to deliver on any level. Thumbs me up or down.. I spoke the truth!

  5. Nick May 10, 2016

    No Rita and no Cheryl, I can finally watch XFactor again.

  6. Dev May 10, 2016

    Factor has been rubbish since 2009 when we were blessed with the best duet and winner (although had glimmers with Hannah Barrett) i’m also not a fan of Ora.
    I’m surprised that she’s being signed in the U.S as she has no real fanbase and now only known for the “Becky” and met gown promo

  7. Cake like Lady GaGa May 10, 2016

    ok Becky

  8. #JACKIE May 10, 2016

    Who cares about this TRASH?

    • Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB May 10, 2016

      You do Flopie that’s why you’re here

  9. KEE May 10, 2016

    for the life of I’ve never seen it for her and I want too but I just don’t

  10. Gods Revenge May 10, 2016

    Come through Queen Rita, get that album out with all the fire songs you have been hiding from Sony and Roc Nation. C Factor is dead, you gave the format live when you mentored Queen Louisa.

  11. Anthony May 10, 2016

    she was better off getting paid for xfactor, safe money. no one is checking for her music and she will never make it in the states.Dumb part on her move honestly but good luck

  12. zeroing ivy bloper tran anti girl lemond time May 12, 2016

    Good for her

  13. Adele’s Husband May 12, 2016

    She can SANG! She had so much soul in her voice. She’ll be an established artist yall messy miserable f****** can shut the hell up

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