Simon Cowell 'wants Rita Ora' for The X Factor 2012 UK

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2012)

Simon Cowell is reportedly after Rita Ora to join The X Factor 2012 later this year.

The young singer, who is set to hit the top spot this weekend with her track RIP, has worked with global stars including Will.i.am and Kayne West on her debut album.

ANd the Daily STar claim that Simon thinks the youngster could "rival" Tulisa on the panel.

The newspaper claims that Alicia Keys and Avril Lavigne are also on the "shortlist" of stars to join the panel on a full-time basis later this year.

Guest judges - starting off with Geri Halliwell in Liverpool tomorrow - will join the show for the auditions.

“The clock is ticking to grab someone fast," a source told the newspaper today. “When you sign up to be a judge on The X Factor you’re giving up five months of your life so your diaries need to be cleared for the rest of the year.”

A spokesperson for the show however said: “All names are pure speculation at this point."

[cat]The X Factor 2012[/cat] returns to ITV1 in August.

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