Rita Ora on why The X Factor is better than The Voice UK

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New X Factor judge Rita Ora has revealed just why she decided to sign up for the panel and quit The Voice UK.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine this week, the singer explained how Simon Cowell convinced her to switch shows with big plans for this year's revamped X Factor.

"When Simon approached me what he was doing with the show and I knew wanted to be a part of it," she said.

Rita joins Simon, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and fellow newbie Nick Grimshaw on the judges' desk this year and says it was they were one of main reasons she decided to sign up.

“It was the new line-up, the plans that they had moving forward with the show, the changes - it just really got me excited and if I can find talent and help somebody then I would," she explained.

Rita, who recently hit out at returns suggesting she had jumped to the rival series for a reported £1.5 million pay deal, went on: "What's so great about the new line-up which is really exciting is that you have four different perspectives.

"You've got all these amazing musicians and business-minded people on the same panel that know music and I'm just happy to be a part of that."

Rita also spoke about meeting Cheryl for the first time, saying on the ITV morning chat show: "I didn’t [know Cheryl before the show] but I wish I did, she’s so sweet.

"I got to meet her when we had a separate meeting with the new line up me, Grimmy and Cheryl… It was a really amazing catchup, no pressure we had a drink and it just felt really natural.”

The X Factor is back on TV later this year on ITV.

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