Rita Ora
Rita Ora
Series 9 (Guest)
Series 12 (UK)
Birth Name
Rita Sahatciu Ora
26 November 1990
Pristina, Kosovo

Rita Sahatciu Ora (born 26 November 1990) is an English singer-songwriter and actress who was a judge on Series 12 of X Factor UK.


Born in Pristina, Kosovo and raised in West London, Ora has been singing since she was young. She began performing at open mike nights around London, mainly at her father's pub. She released her first album, Ora, in 2012. The album, which features the singles "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)", debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart with "How We Do (Party)" hitting number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs Chart in the United States. She has released other singles such as "I Will Never Let You Down" and "Body on Me", the latter featuring American singer Chris Brown. She even scored a huge hit in the United States with "Black Widow", her collaboration with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.

Ora is currently working on her second album.



Rita on stage

Ora made her debut at age 13 in an episode of the British drama series The Brief. She made her film debut in the 2004 film Spivs and has also appeared in a cameo in Fast & Furious 6. Her biggest acting role to date is that of Mia Grey in the film version of the EL James novel Fifty Shades of Grey. She will be potraying Mia Grey again in the sequel Fifty Shades Darker. She recently guest-starred as herself in an episode of the popular Fox show Empire.

X Factor UK

Ora first appeared on X Factor UK as a guest judge during the audition phase during Series 9. After having worked as a coach on series 4 of The Voice UK, she and Nick Grimshaw were confirmed as the new judges, replacing Mel B and Louis Walsh, on Series 12. Ora mentored the winner, Louisa Johnson.

Personal Life

Ora was once romantically linked to American reality star Rob Kardashian. She also briefly had a relationship with Series 9 winner James Arthur. She later dated DJ and producer Calvin Harris from 2013-2014. He wrote and produced her hit single "I Will Never Let You Down". 



  •  Ora (2012)


  • This is How We Do (2012)
  • R.I.P (2012)
  • Shine Ya Light (2012)
  • Radioactive (2013)
  • I Will Never Let You Down (2014)
  • Poision (2015)
  • Body On Me (2015)
  • Coming Home (2015)