itv have officially announced Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora have signed as judges for the new series of The X Factor as well as confirming that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to the judging panel alongside show creator Simon Cowell.

Popstar Rita Ora is no stranger to The X Factor having first appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge. Rita burst on to the music scene in 2012, scoring a No.1 single with her collaboration with DJ Fresh on ‘Hot Right Now’. She went on to have a No. 1 debut album which produced two further No.1 singles.

Speaking about joining the show, Rita Ora said: “I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers. Its the new generation taking over. Booooom”

As the host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show since 2012, Nick is one of the most respected Radio DJs in the business. A massive champion of music, he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the panel in the search for the next big singing sensation.

A well-known fan of The X Factor, Nick Grimshaw said: “I love X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I’m hugely excited to be joining the show. Music is my job and my passion and I’m really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can’t wait for Judges Houses in Oldham!”

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini returns to the panel for her fifth series, after last year taking Lauren Platt all the way to the semi-finals. As the only British female to have five solo number 1 singles in the UK, Cheryl is one of the nation’s most successful female recording artists. As a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl achieved 20 top ten singles, four number ones and five platinum albums as well as winning a BRIT award.

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, said “I haven’t been as excited about an X Factor season since I first became a judge. The addition of Rita and Grimmy along with some interesting changes we’ve made to the format has refocused us to do what we do best, finding talent and making stars. I cannot wait to get started!”

Simon Cowell, who last year mentored the winning act, Ben Haenow, as well as the runner up Fleur East, said: “It’s taken a while! But I am very happy to be able to confirm our line-up of judges for The X Factor this year. The combination of Nick, Cheryl and Rita is going to be a lot of fun! They all bring a lot of enthusiasm and passion for music to the show.”

“I have a feeling I am in for a bit of a rough time but sometimes you have to embrace the craziness and now, with luck, we hope to find a star.”

The X Factor returns to ITV in autumn this year and applications for the new series are open now. Whether you want to be the next One Direction, Little Mix, Olly Murs or Leona Lewis apply now!

Anyone can still apply by submitting a video audition. Video auditions can be sent in viahttps://application.xfactor.tv/ and more information can be found here.

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