Yikes, the ITV vs. BBC beef is about to get even more scandalous, with new reports claiming that The Voice UK judge, Rita Ora, is being lured away to become a judge on rival singing show, The X Factor.
Who needs soap operas when real life is so juicy, eh?
According to those classic mysterious sources, music mogul Simon Cowell has been having top secret chinwags with Rits, hoping to pull her in as a replacement for last year’s X Factor judge, Mel B.
Insiders reckon that the singer is tempted to jump ship because she is good pals with Radio 1 Nick Grimshaw, who is a firm favourite to have landed Louis Walsh’s empty seat on the judging panel.
The source told The Sun newspaper: “Re-signing Cheryl and getting Grimmy changed everything.
“Rita really wants to be on that panel now, so it’s a matter of making the logistics work. There’s a lot of work though.
“Show bosses are keeping options open in case Rita is unable to sign.”
Si’s determination to shake things up for this series of the longrunning show has amounted to mass speculation and the rumour mill going into overdrive, with everybody from Louis Tomlinson to Snoop Dogg being tipped to join him and Cheryl behind the judges table.
So far the only confirmed change to the line-up has been Caroline Flack and Olly Murs replacing Dermot O’Leary as host of the show, with this sneaky insider insisting that the judges are still not set in stone.
They dished: “There is particularly intense speculation over the judging panel this year.
“No formal decision has been made on the full line-up as yet.”
Gah, what a tease.
Hurry up, Simon – don’t you know that the suspense is killing us?!
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