So apparently Rita Ora, who has released just five solo singles in the last four years, is deemed experienced enough by Simon Cowell to be a judge on the next series of popular British TV show X Factor. The 24-year-old singer’s appointment, along with BBC Radio DJ Nick Grimshaw, has been met with uproar from the show’s loyal fans who think both of them aren’t qualified enough for the roles.
Rita Faces the Hate
Last week it was announced that the pair would be joining Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez Versini on the judging panel for the next series of the ITV singing competition, but fans of the series have since expressed their disappointment at the announcement. One fan, Jack Cooper, tweeted: “Nick Grimshaw judging musical talent is like having someone from a takeaway who assembles kebabs judging food on Masterchef #XFactor.” A Twitter user named Gagasfroots added her own displeasure at Spice Girl Mel B and Louis Walsh being replaced, writing: “I hate Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw isn’t talented. Talk about a downgrade from an actual Spice Girl.”
Lacking the X Factor
The singing show has been troubled by its fierce ratings war with BBC rival Strictly Come Dancing and in a bid to remedy the decline in viewing figures it has experienced over the past few years it was announced the show would be going through a shake up this year. However, hundreds of fans have now claimed they won’t be tuning in following the news that Nick and Rita are to mentor contestants.
Ora Fires Back at Critics
Meanwhile Rita has lashed out at a British tabloid reporter after the writer criticised the pop star’s new role. The news failed to impress Daily Mirror writer Polly Hudson, who expressed her views in an article titled: “My 10 better Choices of X Factor Judge Than Rita Ora”. In the article, Hudson branded Ora’s appointment “completely baffling madness”, stating, “She’s even less musically revered than Cheryl (which takes some doing), dull, desperate and literally The Voice’s sloppy seconds.” Ora left her role as a mentor on rival show The Voice after just one year to join X Factor, having previously served as a guest judge on Cowell’s show in 2012. The singer was left outraged by Hudson’s harsh words and Ora decided to hit back on Twitter, writing: “Suck my d***, Polly Hudson, I guess the <Mirror> is the only newspaper that prints your s***** pointless stories.”
Referring to new season of The X Factor, she continued: “I know you’ll be watching. I’ll blow you a kiss.” Ora then appealed to other members of the media, stating: “Journalists please bring positivity back into the world don’t just try and get readers and waste their brain space with rubbish!”