And The New X Factor Judges Are…

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to be joined by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora.

And your X Factor 2015 judges are Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell.

Radio 1 DJ Grimmy and the singer have signed up to the 12th season of the X Factor, producers have confirmed. The pair, who are long-time friends, will join Cheryl and Simon.

Rita appeared as a guest judge on X Factor 2012 and says she’s thrilled to be returning to the show. ‘I am excited to be coming back,’ said the star. ‘I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers.

‘It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom.’

Grimmy added: ‘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!’

Cowell said: ‘The best-kept secret in TV is out!! But I am really happy with the new judging line-up for X Factor this year. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

‘We have always had great judges. And I will always be thankful for their passion and expertise,’ he said.

‘I have no idea what the show will look like but I feel both excited and nervous. It’s going to be very different! Embrace the madness…’

With the new line-up it’s clear X Factor bosses are aiming for a younger audience. Dermot O’Leary (42) has been replaced with Olly Murs (31), Louis Walsh (62) has been replaced by Nick Grimshaw (30), Mel B (40) has been replaced by Rita Ora (24) and KISS FM DJs Rickie and Melvin are rumoured to be hosting The Xtra Factor.

This year’s arena auditions – which is the contestants’ first chance to perform for the panel – begin in Manchester on 6 July.

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