Ora told the media that in early 2013, she turned down an offer to be a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. to replace Tulisa Contostavlos, who was fired from the show. Ora said she did not want to be a judge on "The X Factor" because she was too busy with her music career.
Sharon Osbourne ended up replacing Contostavlos, but Osbourne said that 2013 would be her last year as a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. because she no longer wanted to commute back and forth between the U.K. and the U.S., where she co-hosts the daytime chat show "The Talk." Osbourne was originally a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. from 2004 to 2007.
In 2014, Ora reportedly gave similar reasons for rejecting "The X Factor" job offer again.
An unnamed source told the Daily Mirror: “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 thinks Jessie might have come across badly on TV. For now, Rita is staying away from reality TV and is concentrating on the day job.”
Ora was a guest judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012.
In addition to having a busy music career, Ora has been busy with an up-and-coming career as a movie actress. She had a small role in 2013's "Fast & Furious 6" and has a supporting role in 2015's "Fifty Shades of Grey."
It's just as well that Ora turned down "The X Factor" job. At 23 years old and with only one album out as of March 2014, Ora is too young and inexperienced to be considered a credible mentor on "The X Factor."
Contostavlos was 22 when she became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K., but she already had three hit albums with her hip-hop group N-Dubz by the time she became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K.
On Feb. 7, 2014, the same day that it was announced that "The X Factor" U.S. was cancelled, Simon Cowell announced that he was going back to being a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2014. He was originally a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. from 2004 to 2010. He left the show's judging panel to become a judge on "The X Factor" U.S., which was on the air from 2011 to 2013. Since 2007, Cowell has also been a judge on "Britain's Got Talent," another show that he created.
On "The X Factor" U.K., Cowell is filling the spot vacated by Gary Barlow, who was a judge on the show from 2011 to 2013. Barlow announced he was quitting "The X Factor" U.K. to focus on his music career, which includes a new Take That album and tour.
As of now, Cowell is the only announced "X Factor" U.K. judge in 2014, although Louis Walsh (who has been with the show since its 2004 debut) is expected to remain a judge on the show.
So that leaves two places to fill on "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel — the replacements for Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger.
In February 2014, Cowell confirmed reports that Scherzinger was no longer a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. Scherzinger (who was a judge on the show in 2012 and 2013) has not yet commented on her "X Factor" departure.
Olly Murs, who came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2009, is rumored to be in talks to replace Scherzinger. Murs co-hosted "The Xtra Factor" in 2011 and 2012. He quit "The Xtra Factor" because of his international touring schedule. Murs is signed to Syco Music, the record company that is co-owned by Cowell and Sony Music.
Several British tabloids, including the Daily Mirror, have reported that Cheryl Cole is going to replace Osbourne, just as Cole did in 2008. Cole has had a rocky history with "The X Factor." She was a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. from 2008 to 2010. According to her 2012 autobiography, "Cheryl: My Story," Cowell ordered her to go with him to Los Angeles to be a judge on "The X Factor" U.S.
Unfortunately for Cole, she was fired from "The X Factor" U.S. after only a few weeks on the job. Cowell told the media that he took "full responsibility" for firing Cole. By all accounts, Cole was fired because Cowell changed his mind about her being a judge on "The X Factor" U.S., and he wanted her to go back to "The X Factor" U.K. as a judge (with a salary raise), but she turned down the offer. She was then fired. Cole says she also turned down an offer to be a judge on "Britain's Got Talent," and she denies Cowell's claim that one of the reasons why she was fired was because she was uncomfortable being on American TV.
Cole was replaced by Scherzinger on "The X Factor" U.S. until Scherzinger was also fired after the end of the show's first season. Scherzinger got another chance to become an "X Factor" judge when she became a judge on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2012.
As for Cole returning to "The X Factor" U.K. judging panel, this has been an ongoing rumor ever since she was fired from "The X Factor" in 2011. She has repeatedly denied the rumor and said in many interviews and on Twitter and in her memoir that she never wanted to work with Cowell again. But in 2014, she has remained silent about this rumor.
Considering that Cowell has fired most of the female judges he's worked with on "The X Factor," many people think it would be a huge mistake for Cole to go back to "The X Factor." Based on comments on the Internet, most "X Factor" viewers do not want Cole to go back to "The X Factor" because they don't think she's a credible or talented artist. The fact that Cowell wants her back on "The X Factor" U.K. shows how out-of-touch he is with what the majority of viewers want.
The reality is that "The X Factor" U.K., while still a hit show for ITV, has been on a ratings decline since 2011 and has been trumped in the ratings by BBC rival "Strictly Come Dancing." Even die-hard "X Factor" fans admit that "The X Factor" U.K. is clearly past its prime and won't go back to getting the kind of ratings that the show had during its peak years of 2008 to 2010. Cowell and company may be desperately trying to recapture the ratings peak that the show had from 2008 to 2010 by getting most of the judging panel that the show had during those years, but it's clear that viewers do not want a "blast from the past." They want "The X Factor" to be fresh and new.
Cowell has a history of shuffling around the female judges on his shows, like pawns in a chess game. These changes rarely result in higher ratings for these shows. He clearly has not learned from his mistakes.
In addition, Cowell's return to "The X Factor" U.K. may not even help ratings that much in the long run, because he never really disappeared from U.K. TV in the years he was a judge on "The X Factor" U.S., since he continued to be a judge on "Britain's Got Talent."
If Cole does make the foolish decision to go back to "The X Factor" U.K. as a judge, it will just make her look like a desperate glutton for punishment who fell for Cowell's old tricks of wining, dining and offers of money to lure people back into his life after he has treated them badly.
And if ratings for the show don't increase in the way that Cowell wants, Cole will likely be blamed and fired again. After all, Cowell is not going to fire himself when he makes a lot of bad decisions that result in lower ratings for "The X Factor."