Grimshaw, Ora to be X Factor judges

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Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and singer Rita Ora will join Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the judging panel in the new series of X Factor.

Cowell confirmed the news, saying: “It ‘s taken a while! But I am very happy to be able to confirm our line-up of judges for The X Factor this year.

“The combination of Nick, Cheryl and Rita is going to be a lot of fun! They all bring a lot of enthusiasm and passion for music to the show.”

Ora was in the judging line-up of the last series of rival BBC show The Voice.

Cowell said: “I have a feeling I am in for a bit of a rough time but sometimes you have to embrace the craziness and now, with luck, we hope to find a star.”

Grimshaw, who will stay at the helm of Radio 1’s breakfast show while appearing on the ITV talent show, said: ” I love X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I’m hugely excited to be joining the show.

“Music is my job and my passion and I’m really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can’t wait for Judges’ Houses in Oldham.”

Ora, who had a stint as a guest judge on the show three years ago, said she was “excited” to be returning.

She said: ” This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It’s the new generation taking over.”

Published: Tuesday 16th June 2015 by The News Editor

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