Rita Ora ‘in secret talks to replace Mel B as a judge on the X Factor’

The singer is said to be just days away from signing a contract

Rita Ora

by Owen Tonks |
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We don’t know whether we’re coming or going with Rita Ora – she’s only done one series as a coach on The Voice and she’s already rumoured to be ditching the show.

But now, after she was named the bookies’ favourite to replace Mel B as a judge on the X Factor, she’s reportedly in secret talks with Simon Cowell to join his ITV show.

The music boss is apparently in advanced negotiations with Rita and is hoping she’ll sign a contract for his talent contest within the next few days despite previously turning down an offer.

The X Factor is being given an overhaul for the next series with Dermot O’Leary quitting as host and judge Louis Walsh being axed in favour of BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

And with Spice Girl Mel booked in to appear on the next season of America’s Got Talent, her X Factor spot could be free.

A source told The Sun: “Re-signing Cheryl [Fernandez-Versini] and getting Grimmy changed everything.

“Rita really wants to be on that panel now so it’s a matter of making the logistics work. There’s a lot to work through.”

A number of names are rumoured to be joining the panel including former judge Tulisa Contostavlos and singer Mika, who is a judge on the Italian version of the show.

However, X Factor bosses are keeping their cards close to their chest, with a spokesman telling the newspaper: “There is particularly intense speculation over the judging panel this year.

“No formal decision has been made on the full line-up as yet.”

GALLERY: Rita Ora's wacky outfits


rita ora wacky outfits

Flare for errr...1 of 10

Flare for errr...

Taking 70s styling a tad too far at the BBC Radio 1 studios last month.

Multi-cray2 of 10


When Rita signed up to promote her own adidas designs she was SERIOUS. Look at all of that COLOUR.

Uh-oh3 of 10


Someone's being a mega rebel! That naughty word + her Kim K hair + the confused print = WOW.

Bed style4 of 10

Bed style

Feeling chilly but can't find your cardi? Chuck on the dog's blanket a la Rita.

Cloud 95 of 10

Cloud 9

Subtle just isn't in Ora's vocab. This OTT pink cloud look was something else entirely.

She's pants!6 of 10

She's pants!

At least she's wearing undercrackers, eh?

Magic eye7 of 10

Magic eye

Wearing an outfit made out of those hologram pencil cases we used to have at school? Ingenius.

Turkey8 of 10


Another example of "takes things too far". We bet that was on her school report.

Not so innocent9 of 10

Not so innocent

Who really needs a massive backpack when performing onstage? Also, those trousers... Net curtains or what?

rita-ora-bad-fashion-1010 of 10


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