Rita Ora quits The X Factor

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Rita Ora has confirmed she is leaving The X Factor. The 25-year-old, who joined the show's judging panel last year, took to Twitter to officially announce her exit. "I had a ball on @TheXFactor last year and will miss the team," she told her 5.6million followers.

She also wrote a message to former boss Simon Cowell. "@simoncowell can't wait to work with you again… I'll be round for dinner soon," she promised. "Thank you for the experience & love X."

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Rita Ora has announced her decision to leave The X Factor

Rita joined The X Factor in 2015 after moving over from rival show The Voice UK. In a statement, ITV said: "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.”

Rita's decision to leave means that Simon is the only judge left from last year's line-up; Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw have already confirmed they won't be returning.

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Simon Cowell is the only judge left from last year's panel

Last year’s presenting duo Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have also left the show, and have been replaced by returning host Dermot O'Leary.

So far there have been no announcements made about the new judging panel, although Louis Walsh looks set to make an X Factor comeback, just one year after he was replaced by Radio 1 host Nick.

Other names rumoured to be in the running include Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Mel B, who have previously appeared on the show.

Earlier this year, ITV said that The X Factor will continue "into 2017 and beyond" amid reports that the show could soon be coming to an end.