X Factor’s Rita Ora on switching from The Voice: ‘I’m not moving for money’

Rita Ora has blasted claims that she ‘sold out’ for her X Factor judging role


by Fiona Day |
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After it was announced that pop star Rita Ora had bagged herself a judging slot on prime-time talent show The X Factor, critics soon blasted her for her move from BBC’s The Voice.

According to sources, the Black Widow singer is angry that a BBC insider claimed she chose “cash over credibility”.

The source told The Mirror: “Rita is adamant she is not moving for money. She is angry and insistent that she started as a guest judge on The X Factor and is going home. She has a new album this autumn and it all fits.

Simon Cowell claims judges signed up out of 'passion'
Simon Cowell claims judges signed up out of 'passion'

“But if it was all just about money she wouldn’t be on the show and would be going around the world making millions from endorsements and more live performances.”

Simon Cowell allegedly wrote in a text message to This Morning host Amanda Holden: “Nobody has signed up for the money, it was passion for being on The X Factor.”

It was announced yesterday that Rita, 24, would be joining Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw, 30, on the famous judging panel.

Fellow judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini gave all away yesterday, tweeting a snap of her new panel buddies.

She wrote: “Excited to be back on @thexfactor. Welcome to the show @ritaora and @grimmers.. And of course Cowell himself.”

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