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Paloma Faith in talks to replace Rita Ora on The Voice UK

Published 20/06/2015 | 15:29

Paloma Faith arriving for the Burberry Prorsum womenswear catwalk show at Kensington Gardens, as part of London Fashion Week
Paloma Faith arriving for the Burberry Prorsum womenswear catwalk show at Kensington Gardens, as part of London Fashion Week

Rita Ora looks set to be replaced by fellow British singer Paloma Faith on The Voice UK.

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The news comes just a few days after the announcement that Ora (24) was jumping ship from BBC's The Voice to ITV's The X Factor on the back of a reported £1.5m deal.

The move was a blow to The Voice given Rita's popularity on the show. 

However, Rita had originally appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012 so a return is not so surprising.

Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez Versini and Rita Ora will judge on The X Factor
Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez Versini and Rita Ora will judge on The X Factor

The Sun reports that Voice producers have approached Paloma (33) because they are "impressed by her forthright opinions and love her out-there style".

Paloma is currently in negotiations but it's not the first time the star has spoken to The Voice bosses.

Two years ago she was approached to replace original judge Jessie J. 

At the time, she said, "Yes, they did offer me The Voice, but I didn't feel it was right.

Saturdays star Rochelle Humes and Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom, who have signed on to present The X Factor's spin-off show
Saturdays star Rochelle Humes and Kiss FM DJ Melvin Odoom, who have signed on to present The X Factor's spin-off show

"I don't like the idea of eliminating people because I don't feel confident enough about my own abilities to judge anybody else."

Paloma recently performed at The Voice final and has maintained a good relationship with the show.

Rita Ora, meanwhile, will join Nick Grimshaw and regular judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez Versini on the upcoming new series.

This week it was also announced that Melvin Odoom and Rochelle Humes will host the spin-off show, The Xtra Factor.

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