The Voice UK has announced pop star Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue on the next series which will launch in January 2015.

But the pint-sized hitmaker will join the coaches in Salford, Manchester, for the blind auditions next month. She replaces Kylie who couldn’t commit to a new series due to clashes with her touring schedule.


Speaking about her new role, Rita said: “So excited to be part of – and for my team to win – The Voice this series! Let’s have some fun, Tom and Ricky! I’m really looking forward to the blind auditions – and spinning in my big red chair. EXCITED!!!!”

Rita Ora has has had four Number One singles in the UK and has a significant role int he upcoming movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Sir Tom Jones said: “I’m really looking forward to coming back to The Voice for season four. Not only do I get to know and work with Rita, I can once again enjoy hearing and seeing the talent that comes from just about every corner of the UK. I respect and admire all those who have the guts and determination to get through each challenge that the show presents, so let’s see what happens in 2015!” said: “Season four of The Voice is going to be amazing!  (Sir) Tom Jones is our rock, Ricky is awesome and it’s our pleasure to welcome the very talented Rita Ora. Rita is sweet, spicy and sassy – she’s going to be a great addition to the Coaches team.”