Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora to join The X-Factor judging panel
Radio 1 Breakfast host Nick Grimshaw and singer Rita Ora will both join the judging panel for the forthcoming series of The X-Factor.
The pair will join Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on the judging panel, with both long-time judge Louis Walsh and former Spice Girl Mel B both departing the show.
Speaking about her appointment, Ora, who appeared as a guest judge in 2012 and served as a mentor on the most recent series of The Voice, said: "I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can't wait to embark on to find some talented singers. Its 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!”
Speaking about the pair, Simon Cowell said: "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. 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.”
It is all change for the ITV talent show this year, with the departure of long-time host Dermot O'Leary and the arrivals of new presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs.
The X-Factor will return in the autumn for its 12th series.