The ‘Body On Me’ singer will be a no-show at the premiere of the new series on Wednesday as she is currently on tour of the US.
Instead, the three other judges, Simon Cowell , Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw, will launch the eleventh series in London without her.
"It won't have the same impact if one of them isn't there."
However, a spokesperson for the show insisted they knew Rita wouldn’t be able to attend the premiere when she signed up to be part of the judging panel.
They told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Rita is unable to attend the press launch as she is on tour in the US, organised prior to signing up."
Last week a trailer for the new series was unveiled, giving us our first peek at Rita in action.
In the 30 second clip, fans of the singing show are teased with footage of a table dancing contestant, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack throwing some shapes and a standing ovation from all four judges, all recorded at this year’s auditions.