X Factor 2013: Rita Ora turned down the chance to replace Gary Barlow or Tulisa Contostavlos!

by Lynn Rowlands


It’s been revealed today that pop star Rita Ora has been approached by X Factor producers to take on a full-time judging role in this year’s forthcoming series, but she turned it down saying that she’s too busy to commit to it right now.

Which of course begs the question, which of the existing judges, Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger, was she set to replace had she said yes?

But first, of being asked to become a judge, Rita – who was of course a guest judge last year – told the Daily Mirror “There were talks, but if I were to take on that role it would have to be at a point when I could give it my full attention…

“I have so much to accomplish first and it’s kind of a full-time job being on X Factor.

“It’s not like a nine to five. It’s constant, for months.”

Speaking backstage at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on her Radioactive tour, Rita added, “Not that I have anything against it, I love it, but if I was to take on a full-time role it would be at a point when I’m loads of albums in.

“Being a guest is easier – you can say, ‘Yes’, to people and not have to mentor them.”

Back now to the issue of who’s offski from the judges’ bench this year, and my money’s on either Gary Barlow or Tulisa, and if really pushed, I’d say Tulisa’s going.

x factor judges 2012

I can’t see old faithful Louis being ditched, and as Simon made a big fuss over bringing Nicole in last year – giving her the honorary title of Head Judge – I don’t see him ditching her either.

It is of course no secret that there’s no love lost between Gary and Simon, so he would probably like to dump Gary, however, the public like him, and judging by comments we’ve had from readers here at Unreality TV on the issue previously, it seems the majority of fans would prefer to see Tulisa leave rather than Gary.

Would you agree or would you rather see Gary – or Louis or Nicole for that matter – go?

For now, here’s a look at Rita’s stint as guest judge last year…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.