Rita Ora 'Quit X Factor Over Nicole Scherzinger Rumours'

'She doesn't want it to look like she was pushed...'

Rita Ora made the decision to quit ‘The X Factor’ after learning that Simon Cowell was eyeing Nicole Scherzinger for the panel, it has been claimed.

The ‘How We Do (Party)’ singer joined the show last year, alongside Nick Grimshaw, and mentored the eventual winner, Louisa Johnson.

Rita Ora
Rita Ora
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However, The Mirror have reported that when Rita discovered that Simon was prepared to drop her in favour of Nicole, she decided to throw in the towel before he had the chance to sack her.

Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger
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Simon is now the only one of last year’s four judges to still be associated with the show, with Rita, Grimmy and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini all announcing they won’t be returning.

It has since been claimed that old faces Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are being lined up to return, alongside Nicole, who has been absent from the show since 2013.

Dermot O’Leary has also been confirmed to be making a return as the show’s presenter, after Caroline Flack and Olly Murs got a lukewarm reception from viewers during last year’s series.

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Series 1-3 (2004-2006)

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