'X Factor' Judge Rita Ora Hints She Won't Be Back For Next Year's Series

Rita Ora Casts Doubt On 'X Factor' Return

Rita Ora has strongly hinted that the most recent series of ‘The X Factor’ could be her last as a judge, despite having mentored this year’s winning contestant.


Following Louisa Johnson’s victory on Sunday night, Rita put in an appearance on ‘The Xtra Factor’, where it certainly sounded as though one year on the panel was enough for her.

She told hosts Melvin Odoom and Rochelle Humes: “As a new judge, [winning] is a good way to leave the show.”

Rita Ora and Louisa Johnson

The 'I Will Never Let You Down' singer previously cast doubts on appearing on a second series of 'The X Factor', claiming that her forthcoming sophomore album would be her "priority" in 2016.

Rita was one of the two new recruits on this year’s ‘X Factor’, after being persuaded by Simon Cowell to defect from ‘The Voice’, where she had previously been a coach.

Nick Grimshaw also joined Rita as a new addition to the line-up this year, though rumours over the weekend suggested viewers shouldn’t get too used to seeing him either.

While reports suggested Nick would not be returning to the panel next year, an ITV spokesperson was quick to nip those claims in the bud, dismissing the rumours as "pure speculation", adding: "We have not even started discussing the next series and won't do so until next year."

It had previously been reported that Simon was keen to sign up One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, who helped him out at Judges’ Houses this year, to judge the show while the boy band are on hiatus.


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