Rita Ora and Cheryl Ann Fernandez-Versini are no longer part of the “X Factor UK” 2016 judges. What could have been the reason behind it?
The former was part of the 12th season, while the latter was among the judges during the 11th season.
As they left the talent reality show, no reason has ever been validated. However, as its executive producer, Simon Cowell, has finally spoken up. What could have been his take on the matter?
Could it be true that the former “X Factor UK” judges are just “too selfish” to be part of its 2016 edition?
In an interview with Mirror UK, the 56-year-old star maker reportedly hinted that instead of focusing on how to develop new artists, the two singers “were more concerned of their careers” instead.
“When you’re sitting as a judge and you’re judging these shows you have to like people,” he said. “If you don’t, you can’t do this job. It’s as simple as that.”
He further noted that “I mean, this is one of the issues I have at the moment when you put too many singers on a judging panel.”
In “X Factor UK” 2016 edition, Rita Ora and Cheryl would be replaced by Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne.
When asked for his thoughts about them allegedly having such behavior, Simon Cowell had this to say,” Singers don’t want to find other stars. It’s just not in their DNA. They only think about themselves. That is the nature of being a solo artist.”
In the meantime, The Independent reported that this year’s premiere is not as successful as last year’s. It was disclosed that the number of audience who witnessed the first episode of the show in 2015 reached 7.65 million, higher by 800,000 as compared to this year’s 6.8 million viewers.
The “X Factor UK” 2016 opening viewership is said to be the lowest since 2005.