The new X Factor judges line-up for 2015 has been announced along with an official picture. Singer and British wild child Rita Ora and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw have joined the television music competition series. Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also return for the new season of X Factor.
In with the new and out with the old, ITV has unveiled the new X Factor judges line-up, which includes pop star Rita Ora and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw will be sitting on the judging panel with Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini. Ora will be replacing former Spice Girls member Mel B, who joined X Factor last season, and Grimshaw will be taking over Louis Walsh‘s spot.
Rita, who was on The Voice last year, took to social media to confirm the news by saying:
“I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom.”
Grimshaw issued a statement of his own:
“I love X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I’m hugely excited to be joining the show. Music is my job and my passion and I’m really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can’t wait for Judges Houses in Oldham!”
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini welcomed her new colleagues:
“I haven’t been as excited about an X Factor season since I first became a judge. The addition of Rita and Grimmy along with some interesting changes we’ve made to the format has refocused us to do what we do best, finding talent and making stars. I cannot wait to get started!”
Cowell, who seemed thrilled by the announcement, stated:
“It’s taken a while! But I am very happy to be able to confirm our line-up of judges for The X Factor this year. The combination of Nick, Cheryl and Rita is going to be a lot of fun! They all bring a lot of enthusiasm and passion for music to the show.”
Expect other big changes when the X Factor returns to ITV late 2015. Contestants will meet the new judges when auditions begin on July 6th.
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