X Factor 2014: Rita Ora, Mary J Blige tipped to become fifth judge

Rita Ora

Rita Ora and Mary J Blige have been named the favourites to join The X Factor as a fifth judge.

It was reported yesterday that bosses are planning on adding a fifth member to the panel for the live finals.

They would mentor a new fifth wild card category, made up a unique selection of acts who didn't quite make it into the live shows in the other four categories.

> X Factor 2014: New fifth judge and 'wildcard' category!

According to The Sun newspaper today, both Rita Ora and Mary J Blige are being touted for the role.

Rita previously revealed she had turned down a spot on the panel because "the timing wasn't right."

“I love the X Factor and I’m always going to support it,” Rita told the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper. “I might come in and out of the show but I think there’s a time and a place.

“On this occasion the timing wasn’t right but you never know in the future.”

However the new fifth judge role means Rita - or another judge - would only need to be free for the live shows and not the auditions, which have already begun filming.

Meanwhile, Glee's Jane Lynch - who plays Sue Sylvester on the series - has said she'd love to join the panel.

She quipped: “Maybe now that the series [Glee] is all coming to an end I could come and do a guest spot on X Factor and show Simon what mean really looks like.”

A spokesperson for The X Factor commented: “No decisions have been made regarding the live shows at this stage.”

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