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Si­mon Cow­ell is lining up Rita Ora for this year’s

X Fac­tor judg­ing panel.

This fol­lows her judg­ing role on the show in 2015, where she men­tored Louisa John­son to vic­tory.

Last week, the an­nual Sun­day Times Rich List re­vealed Rita, 27, has joined the list of the UK’s most af­flu­ent young mu­si­cians with an es­ti­mated wealth of £16 mil­lion, af­ter en­joy­ing huge suc­cess with her hits Any­where and For You.

So it seems her pop­u­lar­ity hasn’t gone amiss with the

X Fac­tor boss, who has axed Ni­cole Scherzinger as part of a dra­matic shake-up.

Mel B was lined up for a judg­ing role, but fam­ily prob­lems in the US (plus a messy di­vorce from Stephen Be­la­fonte) saw her miss out.

Mariah Carey and Kylie Minogue are also be­ing tar­geted as judges.

Si­mon is keen to win back Rita

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