Rita Ora sparks The X Factor and The Voice bidding war

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 February 2016
Rita Ora

Rita Ora

Rita Ora's not going to make it easy for 'The X Factor' and 'The Voice' to get her back as a judge and wants them to fight over her

Rita Ora wants 'The X Factor' and 'The Voice' to fight over her.

The 'Body On Me' hitmaker turned her back on BBC One singing show two years ago after she was swiped by Simon Cowell to join his rival programme as a judge and, although she's yet to make her mind up about which gig she wants to return to this year, she's thrilled she's caused a bidding war.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, she said: "I hope they keep fighting over me. I don't mind that at all. I don't know what is going on but I like it. I haven't made a decision [on what show I'll return to]. I've been focusing on recording my new album. I haven't started discussions [with my team] over anything."

The 25-year-old singer, who helped Louisa Johnson swipe the winner's crown last year, has sparked speculation she's decided not to return to 'The X Factor' when the new series hits screens later this year after her arrival on the panel coincided with the plunging ratings and heavy criticism.

An insider said: "'The X Factor' ratings were dismal last year so it is no surprise Rita is keen to walk away. A return to 'The Voice' is possible because she loved being a coach last time."

Meanwhile, 'The Voice', which has been aired on BBC for the last four years, will return to screens next year on ITV after it was poached in a deal worth an estimated £33 million.

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