Rita Ora Reveals She Turned Down ‘X Factor’ Judging Role

Rita Ora Reveals She Turned Down 'X Factor' Judging Role

After appearing as a guest judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2012, Rita Ora has now turned down the chance to be a full time member of the panel later this year.

The Hot Right Now star revealed she was approached by producers of the singing contest to replace one of the regular judges on the panel in 2013, but she’s just too busy to accept the offer.

“There were talks,” Ora told The Mirror today. “But if I were to take on that role, it would have to be at a point when I could give it my full attention.

“I have so much to accomplish first and it’s kind of a full-time job being on X Factor. It’s not like a nine to five. It’s constant, for months,” she explained.

Rita added that she’d consider the offer again in the future, but only when she has more albums to her name.

“Not that I have anything against it,” the RIP star added to the paper. “I love it, but if I was to take on a full-time role it would be at a point when I’m loads of albums in.

“Being a guest is easier – you can say, ‘Yes’ to people and not have to mentor them.”

Ora’s job offer means that show bosses are planning to replace at least one of the judges – Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos – when the contest makes its return.

Tulisa recently denied she is quitting after reports claimed she was furious to hear Nicole had already been asked to come back next series.

It’s just the latest in rumoured shake-ups for the show, following on from yesterday’s news that The X Factor may introduce free voting via Twitter this year.


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