X Factor: Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora sign up as judges
16 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Rita Ora’s long-standing friendship with Grimshaw will bring a new dynamic to the programme
Pop star Rita Ora and Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw have signed up as judges for the 12th series of The X Factor, producers have confirmed.
Grimshaw, who hosts Radio 1’s breakfast show, replaces Louis Walsh, taking his seat beside show creator Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
Pop star Rita Ora fills the fourth chair, jumping ship from BBC One’s The Voice after just one series.
The singer previously appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012.
“I am excited to be coming back,” said the star. “I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers.
“It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom.”
Grimshaw added: “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 and Grimshaw are close friends, and producers will be hoping their chemistry adds a new dynamic to the venerable TV talent show.
Nick Grimshaw has been host of the Radio 1 Breakfast show for two years
Source:: BBC Entertainment