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Rita Ora’s midnight meeting

Rita Ora has spoken for the first time about switching from The Voice to The X Factor.

The 24-year-old was announced as a judge alongside Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw and fellow singer Cheryl Cole earlier this month. And now Rita has spoken for the first time about how she decided to leave rival singing show The Voice for the ITV contest.

“We had such busy schedules that the only chance we could meet was at midnight, so he asked me to his house where he holds a lot of his X Factor meetings,” she told British newspaper The Sun. “I had to fly out to Los Angeles to finish my album the next day and he was working on Britain’s Got Talent at the time. It was actually a very no-pressure vibe, it felt very natural. We didn’t drink. It was very professional and straight to the point. I had a lot of questions and he did too. But it just fit into place perfectly. And the time commitment worked perfectly for me.”

The Radioactive singer had already decided to leave The Voice after just one season. The star had worked alongside, Sir Tom Jones and Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson, but despite enjoying her time on the show, another season would have clashed with the promotion of her second album.

“I loved my time on the show but I’m going to be out of the country when The Voice is shooting so I wasn’t going to be able to do it anyway,” she explained. “For me, the second album is so important because I’ve spent two years on it. Everything else always has to work around that. It was a very simple decision.”

It had previously been claimed that it was breakfast show host Nick who convinced Rita to join the ITV series with him, but she insists this was not the case.

“You know, he’s my friend. I value his opinion so I obviously asked,” she added. “It didn’t make me go one way or another, it just gave me more information. That was all. I make my own decisions.”

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