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Rita Ora has a plan. The magazine covers, fashion (Roberto Cavalli) and beauty (Rimmel London) endorsements, clothing line with Adidas Originals, campaign with Coca-Cola, even performing a nominated song (“Grateful”) at the Oscars are all testimony that the plan is working. “Oh, it is in full effect. We’re these conniving Kosovan hungry bitches,” Ora says of herself and her older sister, Elena Sahatçiu, who is also her manager. “I knew that one way or another, I was going to do things my way.”
On playing the house diva behind the turntables while her parents thought she was going to sleepovers: “I would rip my T-shirts and be really punk and not clean. And I would have blonde hair, really dark eyebrows, red lipstick, lots of fake rings that made my fingers go green. I wouldn’t be smelling that great…. But me and my friends, we were really, like, rebel-y. I feel like I lived a lot when I shouldn’t have.”
On dating: “I’m afraid of being alone. I’m not afraid to admit that, you know. I’m not embarrassed to admit that. I just hope it’s not a never-ending cycle. Sometimes love just makes you feel crazy. And that feeling that we have as girls, just to have that feeling, even for five seconds, it’s like crack. I mean, don’t compare it to that, but you know what I mean. It’s like comfort eating.”
On her recent breakup: “There was a reason why I split up with him. And there was a reason why I’m at this point in my life where I feel like I have so much musical freedom, and I don’t have to explain myself to anybody… It was more of a thing where I was in awe. I was at that point in my relationship where I felt he could do no wrong. I thought he had my back and that he’d never steer me wrong. But then “I Will Never Let You Down” came out, and everything started to go a bit weird. I don’t know if it was because business was mixed with personal or what.”
On playing a drug addict who attempts to seduce a boxer played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw: “I arrived on the set, and the makeup artist said, ‘You’re kind of ready to go onstage.’ I’m like, ‘You know I’m playing a crack whore?’ Which shows: Don’t look at me when I’m waking up.”
On recording three songs with Prince: “He came to London about a year ago and his manager contacted my management, and he said, ‘Hey, Prince is in town.’ I was like, ‘What prince? Like the royal family prince? I wouldn’t care about that prince. I care more about actual Prince Prince.’ And he was like, ‘Actual Prince.’ I said, ‘Oh, my God!’”
On patience: “I’ve had to have a lot of patience. Because there have been times at night where I want to pull my hair out and just put my music out for free on the Internet and just say fuck everybody. But then I have this conscience saying no, be smart, be strategic. There are ways of doing things and still getting your way. If I’m going to do Rita Ora, it’s going to be Rita fucking Ora. It’s not about who is on my album or who’s featured or the names. It’s about a solid body of work that I can call my own.
Read the full interview—and see all the photos—in the July issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands June 23.
Drum roll please…. we can now reveal that Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora have signed as judges for the new series of The X Factor as well as confirming that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to the judging panel alongside show creator Simon Cowell.
Popstar Rita Ora is no stranger to The X Factor having first appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge. Rita burst on to the music scene in 2012, scoring a No.1 single with her collaboration with DJ Fresh on ‘Hot Right Now’. She went on to have a No. 1 debut album which produced two further No.1 singles.
Speaking about joining the show, Rita Ora said: “I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can’t wait to embark on to find some talented singers. Its the new generation taking over. Booooom”
As the host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show since 2012, Nick is one of the most respected Radio DJs in the business. A massive champion of music, he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the panel in the search for the next big singing sensation.
A well-known fan of The X Factor, Nick Grimshaw said: “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!”
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini returns to the panel for her fifth series, after last year taking Lauren Platt all the way to the semi-finals. As the only British female to have five solo number 1 singles in the UK, Cheryl is one of the nation’s most successful female recording artists. As a member of Girls Aloud, Cheryl achieved 20 top ten singles, four number ones and five platinum albums as well as winning a BRIT award.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, said “I haven’t been as excited about an X Factor season since I first became a judge. The addition of Rita and Grimmy along with some interesting changes we’ve made to the format has refocused us to do what we do best, finding talent and making stars. I cannot wait to get started!”
Simon Cowell, who last year mentored the winning act, Ben Haenow, as well as the runner up Fleur East, said: “It’s taken a while! But I am very happy to be able to confirm our line-up of judges for The X Factor this year. The combination of Nick, Cheryl and Rita is going to be a lot of fun! They all bring a lot of enthusiasm and passion for music to the show.”
“I have a feeling I am in for a bit of a rough time but sometimes you have to embrace the craziness and now, with luck, we hope to find a star.”
The X Factor returns to ITV in autumn this year and applications for the new series are open now. Whether you want to be the next One Direction, Little Mix, Olly Murs or Leona Lewis apply now!
Anyone can still apply by submitting a video audition. Video auditions can be sent in via https://application.xfactor.tv/ and more information can be found here.
We can’t get enough “Poison.”
And while the British singer has been dealing with some meanies lately — we’re looking at you,A$AP Rocky — we thought we’d celebrate Rita for who she is: a vocal goddess, as evidenced by her new song. Here are 11 times Rita vocally slayed us, and watch out, there’s a little “Poison” at the end:
Songstress Rita Ora is set to take the stage at tomorrow’s Capital FM Summertime Ball (June 6) and she has now revealed what she has asked to be in her dressing room backstage.
Speaking to the radio station this afternoon, the ‘Poison’ beauty explained that she’s on a new healthy diet and she really wants a tennis set to be on her rider:
“Fresh coconuts with the straw in it, not the ones from the bottles, the fresh coconuts with the straw in it, the green ones. I want the seaweed crisps you can eat, I want some cashew nuts, and I want a tennis set! I’m on this new tennis/ healthy diet but I don’t play tennis.”
She went onto add that she will treat gig goers to a live rendition of her new single ‘Poison’ and confessed: “I can’t wait to hear it in an arena kind of vibe”.
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Nordoff Robbins is delighted to today announce three new winners of its O2 Silver Clef Awards ‘ Rita Ora, Mark Ronson and Primal Scream.
All artists will collect their awards at the annual star-studded O2 Silver Clef Lunch, to be held on 3 July at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.
She has a number-one debut album, four number-one singles, is a coach on The Voice UK and now, in celebration of her growing list of accolades, Nordoff Robbins has crowned Rita Ora Best Female. On being awarded the highly coveted Best Female Award at the O2 Silver Clefs, Rita says,’I feel honoured to be receiving the Best Female Award at the O2 Silver Clef Lunch. It’s great to be recognised by Nordoff Robbins, a charity which uses music to transform the lives of so many people.’
Rita Ora has been nominated for British Video at the BRIT Awards and we are responsible for getting her this award! All you need to do is tweet
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Rita Ora’s song from the film Beyond the lights has been nominated for Best Original song at the oscars!! Congrats Rita were rooting for you.
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”
Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”
Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Rita said that no-one ever made her feel at ease when she was trying to make it.
In the first episode of the new BBC One series, Rita swoons when she sees one contestant, and calls him “really hot” and “handsome”.
The star, 24, said that her flirting was “always harmless”.
She added: “I like to make people feel comfortable, regardless of the situation.”
Rita, who replaces KYLIE MINOGUE as the only female coach, added: “No-one really did that for me and I wish they did, so it’s about cracking the ice so they can do what they came here to do, which was to blow us away.”
Rita Ora has revealed that she’s desperate for a canine companion this Christmas and really hopes that someone fulfils that wish.
Speaking about her dream gift, the hitmaker confessed that a dog is at the top of her list:
“I really want a dog, so let’s see who listens to that. And I would really like to know how to set flowers, like go to a flower-arranging class. I can finally buy my parents something that they’ve always wanted. I can’t wait to go home – I’ve missed them so much and I’m never home.”
The beauty went onto add that she can’t wait to see all of her relatives over the festive period because family is incredibly important to her:
“I’m from Albania, so for us it’s just an excuse for all the family to get together. And, for me, I take it really seriously because it’s the one day I have to just wake up and not put make-up on and eat what I like. You can do whatever you want for the day. We have dinners, talk a lot of nonsense, act foolish and drink a lot of wine.”