Rita Ora wants to be The Voice contestants' friend

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 November 2014
Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Rita Ora has revealed she struggled to judge contestants on 'The Voice' at first because she wanted them to feel as though she was their friend

Rita Ora wants to be a "friend" to 'The Voice' contestants.

The 23-year-old singer initially found it difficult to critique the hopefuls on the show because she isn't as experienced as fellow coaches Sir Tom Jones, Ricky Wilson and will.i.am and didn't want to come across as too egotistical.

She said: "In the beginning I can tell you that, for me, to coach the contestants was only difficult because I know I'm only a 23-year-old girl on my second album.

"I didn't want them to think that I was Miss Know It All. I wanted them to think I'm a friend they can ask questions to.

"It was really important for me to come across as the girl who was just giving a hand instead of the girl who was telling somebody what to do."

And Rita has learned a lot about herself from doing the show.

She told OK! magazine: "I loved it. I learned a lot about what to trust in my gut. It brought me back to trusting myself again, which was awesome."

The 'I Will Never Let You Down' hitmaker particularly enjoyed the experience because it was so "funny".

She added: "'The Voice' has been incredible. All I can say is it's one of the funniest things I've ever done, so make sure you check it out because it's going to be great. The talent is immense."

Rita Ora

British pop R&B diva who has scored some huge hits with RIP and How We Do (Party).

Manchester Academy

Tue 15 May

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O2 Academy Birmingham

Wed 16 May

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O2 Academy Bristol

Sat 19 May

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