Sunday 20 August 2017

Rita Ora trades The X Factor for new US talent show search Boy Band with Emma Bunton and Nick Carter

Rita Ora attends the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Rita Ora attends the British Fashion Awards 2015 at London Coliseum on November 23, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

Former The X Factor judge Rita Ora is joining Spice Girls star Emma Bunton and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys for a new reality competition show.

The pop stars will host singing contest Boy Band, which will debut in the U.S. next month (Jun17).

The series will pit male singers against each other as they vie for a spot in a music group contracted to Hollywood Records.

Viewers will be asked to call in and vote for their favourite contestants and the top five will be chosen to form the band.

This year's X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell (Syco/Thames TV/PA)
This year's X Factor judges (left to right) Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell (Syco/Thames TV/PA)

The judges will be called "architects" and will serve as coaches for the performers once the best singers have been picked.

After the news was announced on Tuesday, Emma took to her Twitter to express her excitement, writing: "It's official boybandabc is happening, can't wait to find some sizzling, spicy talent. #boys."

Rita Ora (centre) with her team of girls in The X Factor
Rita Ora (centre) with her team of girls in The X Factor

Rita is no stranger to the concept of TV talent shows, having previously served as a judge on BBC's The Voice and ITV's The X Factor.

It remains to be seen how she will cope with managing male singers on Boy Band though, as she mentored the girls category on The X Factor and gushed about how she works so well with other women.

Rita Ora attends the launch of
Rita Ora attends the launch of "The Voice UK" Series 4 at The Mondrian Hotel on January 5, 2015 in London, England.

"I think we've all got the right categories. I'm such a girls' girl, I've got so many records that refer to like, woman power and sticking together, so for me, that's what we're going to do with our category - it's going to be a force to be reckoned with, seriously," she told BBC Radio 1 in a 2015 interview.

Boy Band will also mark Rita's return to U.S. TV after she hosted the last season of America's Next Top Model. Original host Tyra Banks, who fronted the popular programme for 22 seasons before Rita took over, is returning for the 24th season of the show.

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