That’s a hefty wedge of cash, £1.5million. But it’s not the reason Rita Ora has quitThe Voice for The X Factor. Says who? Says Rita, that’s who. The singer has been telling pals she’s angry at claims from an insider at the BBC show that she chose “cash over credibility”.
A source close to the singer said: “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.
“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.”
Rita, 24, will join Simon Cowell, Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on The X Factor judges’ panel, after ditching The Voice for their ITV rivals.
The names were confirmed, to the annoyance of The Voice bosses disappointed that Rita decided to leave the BBC show after just one series. They were in negotiations with her until Monday before losing out to their rivals’ bumper £1.5million package.
But, in a text to This Morning host Amanda Holden, X Factor supremo Cowell , 55, insisted: “Nobody has signed up for the money, it was passion for being on The X Factor.”
Speaking about joining the show, Rita said: “I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012.”
In May last year, Rita even hinted at an X Factor return.
She said: “I love The X Factor and I am a fan of it. They can always call me for anything. It’s a great show.”