Rita Ora has quit The X Factor after appearing for just one season.

With both Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw having left the ITV talent show, the only judge now remaining from the 2015 line-up is Simon Cowell.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora wears a Vera Wang gown at the Met Gala (Evan Agostini/AP)


Rita tweeted:



An X Factor spokesman said: “Rita brought a great energy to the show last year and did a brilliant job mentoring the girls’ category, leading Louisa to victory.

“We wish her all the best with her music and film plans for the rest of the year.”

The 25-year-old singer joined last year’s series of The X Factor after moving over from The Voice UK.

Rita Ora

Rita said she had “a ball” on The X Factor (Peter Byrne/PA)


The Poison star’s exit follows last month’s news that Cheryl will not be returning as a judge.

She quit in April to focus on her music career, saying in a statement: “I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent, but I’ve missed making music and am excited to be recording again.”

Rita Ora and her Girls: Havva Rebke, Lauren Murray, Kiera Weathers, Monica Michaels, Louisa Johnson and Chloe Paige

Rita and her Girls: Havva Rebke, Lauren Murray, Kiera Weathers, Monica Michael, Louisa Johnson and Chloe Paige (Thames/Syco)


Radio DJ Nick had already quit as a judge, while the show’s presenters, Caroline Flack and Olly Murs, also confirmed they would not return.

Caroline and Olly’s exit made way for the return of X Factor favourite Dermot O’Leary, who confirmed in March that he was coming back to the show.

The 42-year-old said he was ‘excited to be back’ as presenter after a year away from the job.

Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora, Olly Murs and Caroline Flack (ITV/PA)

Nick, Cheryl, Rita, Olly and Caroline have all left The X Factor (ITV/PA)


Dermot, who had been a mainstay of the show for eight years, left in 2015, saying it was ‘time for me to move on’.

However, he agreed to return, saying: “I’m very flattered to be asked back to the X Factor, and am currently dusting off my dancing shoes.”

Dermot O'Leary has returned to The X Factor

Dermot has returned to The X Factor (Freemantle Media UK)