Rita Ora, earlier this year, was a guest judge on the X Factor in which she received great praise for her time there. During that time, she put through Rylan Clark instead of Gary Barlow. SugarScape caught up with our girl for an exclusive interview – check it out below:
Hey Rita, how are your American adventures going?
It’s been going good, I’m a bit ill at the moment but you know! We’ve been going to lots of crazy places. I love LA – I’m on my way there now – but we’ve been to Tennessee, Atlanta, Miami.. We’ve been to Toronto, Chicago was really cool too. I think Chicago and Toronto were two of my favourites.
What are the crowds like over there, could they take on the British fans?
I think in the UK people know my songs more when I play shows, but the fans are actually quite similar. The reaction is exactly the same from the fans.
So we are feeling suitably teased by that snippet of the Shine Ya Light video that’s lurking about on the internet – how was it going back Kosovo to film it?
It was so hectic! We flew into Pristina from LA and we had this like VIP section cordoned off for us and then when we left there were loads of fans and kids and photographers outside.
We were trying to shoot the video in all these different locations but basically every half an hour it would get completely filled with all these people so we’d have to move to another location. It was so much fun though, we got to ride motorbikes with this motorbike crew and lots of stuff like that..
The motorbike stunts looks pretty badass in the teaser..
Yeah, it was the most fun to shoot.
Did you have this big vision of how you wanted the video to come across?
I just wanted to celebrate.. I mean it’s called Shine Ya Light so I just wanted people to feel like they could celebrate who they are and where they’re from – that’s how I wanted to do my video.
I mean I was born there, in Pristina, but I moved to London when I was one so that’s why I chose to do it there, to go home for it.
Well Beyonce’s already given the track a big fat thumbs up hasn’t she?
Oh yeah, she loves that song!
She said she’s been playing it on repeat. That must feel pretty good?
She posted on her blog saying she liked it. She’s so sweet, I’m like, ‘Thankyouuu!’. I’ve met her loads of times and she’s really, really nice. Like just how you’d expect her to be – unbelievably so.
We could not be more jealous. Speaking of rave reviews, have you had a chance to see much of the X Factor to check out how the acts you let through at the auditions are getting on?
I have been watching it, not a lot because of touring – it’s like whatever I can watch online when I get a chance. But obviously I’ve been watching all the ones that I gave a yes to and all the people are really, really good.
Personally I think Ella is really cool, she’s so good but loads of them are. I think it’s really good because every year there are surprises. Like with One Direction – they didn’t win but they’ve basically taken over the world and that’s pretty amazing how X Factor does that.
What about Rylan – are you glad you let him through?
You know what, I just think he’s really funny and entertaining so yeah.
He seems to have a pretty big fan base, even if Gary wasn’t over the moon about you guys putting him through?
Nooo, he wasn’t that impressed, but I mean there are so many people – like the Gangnam Style guy – that you still like but don’t have to take too seriously. It’s all just about it being a bit of fun and having entertainment value.
Cutting her links from the Kardashian clan, the R.I.P singer denies she is dating Kim’s brother Robert.
Instead she said: ‘I’m so lonely. I just want to be in a relationship.’
Until now, the sex bomb has tried to be upbeat with her chart-topping cuts but now she’s going to pour her heart out on her next record.
‘This album, to me, was just about making people feel happy,’ she said.
‘I wasn’t going through any kind of heartbreak, so I didn’t want to write about that. But in this next album, I am. I think I’m going through a heartbreak right now.’
As for constant links to Rob Kardashian, she maintains they are ‘just really good friends’.
Despite yearning for a fella, she told Rollacoaster magazine: ‘Right now, it wouldn’t be fair to be in a relationship. I don’t have any time; I wouldn’t
Her lonely bedtimes echo Rihanna’s singleton moan, who said this year: ‘Single life is so overrated. It sucks.’
But the 21-year-old is bemused by the endless comparisons to her Barbadian predecessor.
‘To tell you the truth, I don’t really care,’ she said, insisting they are just both sisters under Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation.
‘My music’s different, we sing differently, we’re from different parts of the world. Plus, we’ve seen each other lots of times and we hang out.
‘So if people are trying to create a feud, it’s not going to work. Even if that was the case, Roc [Nation] would be like, “What are you guys doing? You’re part of the same family!”’
Read the full interview in the latest issue of Rollacoaster, out on Friday.
RIP to the girls we use to see, because Rita Ora dropped by AMP Radio. The London native sat down with McCabe to discuss where she gets her fashion sense, joining the Roc Nation family, and filming her new music video in Kosovo.
She admits to being very jet lagged, just flying back from filming a music video in Kosovo, where she was born. When McCabe asked how the people treated her and why she wanted to film there, she said, “I went over there, and it was literally like the most incredible reception I’ve ever had in my whole life. I felt like I never wanted to leave. I wanted to show you guys, and everybody unfamiliar with it, how great of a place it is”.
Rita is almost as big of a fan of fashion as she is music. You might have caught her at the VMA’s wearing a retro-chic jumpsuit. She explains, “That jumpsuit was one of those things I wanted to wear. I knew everyone was going to wear a dress. So I just thought that, you know what, it was a custom Emilio Pucci design, and I thought it would be perfect if I wore it. It was a bit comfortable. I was comfy in it. It was a suit and a dress”.
She likes keeping things comfortable. In fact Rita confesses to spraying herself with perfume backstage before every show. She compares it to a comfort blanket. McCabe and everyone else in the room enjoyed the smell of her Chanel.
Rita jokingly talks about how people thought she died when the single “RIP” was released, and takes no credit for writing the song. It was fully written by Drake. She does however explain what “RIP” means.
“Basically I think it’s a woman empowerment confident boosting song. I think sometimes it’s really nice to remind your man, that you’ve got a hot girlfriend.”
You still might have a chance to make Rita Ora your very hot girlfriend. As she puts it, she is “very single”. Although, she does say her music is her boyfriend.
Rita has already released her album in the UK and says we can expect it in the US sometime around Christmas.
Rita Ora spoke to MAX about her rumoured relationship with Rob Kardashian, she also talks about if she will feature on Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Rising singing sensation Rita Ora ventured out in Miami, Florida on Friday (July 20) to meet with an intimate group of her adoring fans.
The 21-year-old British singer-songwriter/actress individually greeted the lucky attendees before taking questions from them and scores of her international fan base via a live online chat
Offering up an extra special treat, Miss Ora then performed two of her hits live with only her guitar player as accompaniment.
With little doubt surrounding Rita’s talent, check out the video from her radio appearance below with pictures available at Y100!
She also spent plenty of time chatting with the WiLD crew by answering questions and just having fun. It’s a 20+ minutes video so grab yourself a drink Ritabots – enjoy!
Rita Ora is winning hearts everywhere, including Perez Hilton, who she met for the first time this past weekend. Perez talks about how there’s currently a big British invasion of music and how pop music is making a major comeback in America. He vouches for her talents as he says that she’s great at both and that she’ll be popular in America.
Rita Ora is all over the place and is absolutely hustling to get in front of as many eyeballs as she can! We love her energy and her dedication to her work – it’s pretty incredible for us to watch her rise to what she is today. Rita Ora has big news to announce so make sure you check out our next post so you don’t miss out!
For now, enjoy the two extensive interviews below that Rita had with Stefanie Faleo and Kidd Kraddick In The Morning!