Simon Cowell Charters Private Plane For Rita Ora After The X Factor

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Rita Ora travelled in style to her gig with Coldplay in Coventry on Tuesday - Simon Cowell chartered a private plane to ensure she made it from The X Factor auditions on time.

The R.I.P. star has been sitting alongside Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos­ and Gary Barlow in London this week as they judge wannabes for the new series of the show.

Her judging duties were cut short on Tuesday as she was due onstage alongside Coldplay in the West Midlands, and show boss Simon Cowell laid on luxury transport for the singer.

A source tells The Mirror: "Simon and the show's producers were really impressed by Rita. She was warm and funny, and gave everybody constructive criticism.

"She did get laughed at for asking identical twins if they were the same age but the audience responded really well to her.

"When they asked her to stay another day, they knew it would mean she had to make a quick jaunt to the Coldplay gig. She had been planning to get a helicopter but X Factor chartered her the jet as a thank you."

Rita tweeted a picture of herself by the plane and told fans: "Just left the O2 thank you so much X Factor and everyone there for having me! Jumping straight on a plane to do a show with Coldplay!"

Speaking about Take That star Gary, she revealed: "He's actually hotter than I thought. I think Gary's a really good looking lad."

Nicole Scherzinger is set to sit in the spare judging chair on Wednesday - hopefully she'll make a good impression just like Rita.

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