Perhaps surprisingly, the ‘Hot Right Now’ singer is insistent that the move was actually a practical one, rather than a calculated career step.
Speaking to The Mirror, she explains: “It's nothing to do with any of the coaches personally. I love them all. But it's definitely something to fit in with my timetable and my schedule.
“It just works for me, you know? And that experience I had with ‘The Voice’ is surreal."
Rita will join her fellow judges Simon Cowell, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini next week for the first 2015 auditions.
The judging panel isn’t the only aspect of the show facing a huge shake-up this year, and rumour has it that the auditions themselves are undergoing a revamp, while Simon is also reportedly hoping to make the judges’ houses stage live.
Meanwhile, fans of ‘The Voice' are speculating over who could replace Rita, and Paloma Faith remains the front-runner for the job.
Nicole Scherzinger is also rumoured to be in line for the role, though according to reports, 'The Voice' bosses aren't too keen on a game of talent show Hokey Cokey.