Rita Ora confirms she's leaving The X Factor

Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowel

Rita Ora has confirmed that she's leaving The X Factor.

The singer, who joined the show last year, tweeted: "I had a ball on The X Factor last year and will miss the team.

"@simoncowell can't wait to work with you again... I'll be round for dinner soon. Thank you for the experience & love X"

Rita took on the role after moving from The Voice UK, which is moving from the BBC to ITV.

The singer mentored the girls category and went on to win the show with her act, Louisa Johnson.

Rita Ora
Image caption Rita's act Louisa Johnson won the competition last year

In a statement ITV told Newsbeat: "Rita brought a great energy to the show last year and did a brilliant job mentoring the girls' category, leading Louisa to victory.

"We wish her all the best with her music and film plans for the rest of the year."

Her decision means Simon Cowell is the only judge left from last year's line-up.

It's after Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw also announced they wouldn't be returning for the new series.

Confirming the news on his Radio 1 Breakfast Show back in February, Nick Grimshaw said he quit the show and wasn't fired.

"I did love it and it's not a diss to the show. It's a great show and I loved it. But it's definitely a once in a lifetime style thing," he said.

Dermot O'Leary
Image caption Dermot O'Leary will come back for the new series

Last year's presenting duo Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have also left the show.

They've been replaced by returning host Dermot O'Leary.

The new judging panel for this year's show hasn't been confirmed other than the announcement that Louis Walsh will be making a comeback.

Nicole Scherzinger
Image caption Nicole Scherzinger is among the names linked with the new series

Other names rumoured to be in the running include Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Mel B.

Earlier this year, ITV said The X Factor will continue "into 2017 and beyond".

It's after speculation the show could be rested following poor ratings and The Voice moving to the channel from the BBC.

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