Rita Ora turns down huge £1million pay cheque and refuses X Factor judging role.
It takes a very brave lady to turn down Simon Cowell. But Rita Ora has done just that by saying no to becoming a judge on X Factor.
The decision means she has lost the chance of a million-pound pay cheque from Simon Cowell.
After her successful stint as a guest judge on the programme, Simon had been courting her to get on board full time.
Simon summoned her for meetings at his LA mansion last year. But it turns out that Rita, passed on the opportunity a fortnight ago, fearing the role could hurt her singing career.
A friend said: “Rita was formally offered the X Factor job and was very flattered, but turned it down.
“She is out in LA at the moment, having meetings, making contacts and working hard in the studio.
“Rita is bringing out a new album this summer – so that’s her priority.
“She wants to focus purely on her music and not get distracted by other things. She also saw how Jessie J’s album struggled after she appeared as a coach on The Voice, and thinks the two could be connected.
Rita had previously revealed the reasons why it might not be the right time to join the judging panel on the ITV show. She said: “There were talks. But if I were to take on that role, it would have to be at a point when I could give it my full attention.
“I have so much to accomplish first and it’s kind of a full-time job being on X Factor. It’s not like a nine to five. It’s constant, for months.”
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