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Rita Ora
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Gender: Female
Born: November 26, 1990
Age: 30
Home: Pristina, Yugoslavia
London, England
Occupation: Singer
Height: 5' 4"
Friends and Family
Parents: Vera Sahatçiu (mother)
Besnik Sahatçiu (father)
Siblings: Elena Sahatçiu (sister)
Don Sahatçiu (brother)
Cycle Run: 23

Rita Sahatçiu Ora (born Rita Sahatçiu) is a British singer and actress.

In July 2016, it was announced that Rita would replace Tyra Banks as the head judge for cycle 23.[1] It was announced that due to the return of Banks, Ora would not be returning for cycle 24.

Early Life

Ora was born in Prishtina, Yugoslavia (present-day Kosovo), to Albanian parents. Her mother, Vera (née Bajraktari), is a psychiatrist, and her father, Besnik Sahatçiu, is a pub owner, having previously studied economics. Ora has an older sister, Elena, and a younger brother, Don. She was born as Rita Sahatçiu (surname derived from the Turkish word saatçi, which means "watchmaker"), but her parents later added Ora (which means "time" in Albanian) to the family surname so it could be easily pronounced. Her family left Kosovo for political reasons, because of the persecution of Albanians initiated with the disintegration of Yugoslavia. They relocated to London in 1991, when she was a baby. She grew up in Notting Hill, and attended St. Cuthbert with St. Matthias Primary School in Earl's Court, following which she graduated from a performing arts school, Sylvia Young Theatre School. She began singing at an early age.


Ora rose to prominence in February 2012 when she was featured on the DJ Fresh single "Hot Right Now", which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart. Her debut studio album, Ora, was released in August 2012, and debuted at number one in the UK Albums Chart. The album contained the UK number-one singles, "R.I.P." and "How We Do (Party)". Ora was the artist with the most number-one singles on the Singles Chart in 2012, with three reaching the top position.

Her second studio album, Phoenix, was released in November 2018. The lead single, "Your Song", reached the UK top ten, and the subsequent singles "Anywhere" and "Let You Love Me" reached the top five in the UK. "Let You Love Me" made Ora the first British female solo artist to have thirteen top ten songs in the United Kingdom.


Following the departure of judge Kelly Rowland, Ora was asked to be a guest judge on the ninth series of The X Factor UK. She was a judge during the auditions that were filmed at The O2 Arena in London. In 2013, 2014 and 2017, Ora hosted the BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards alongside Nick Grimshaw.

In 2015, she was a coach on the fourth series of The Voice UK on BBC One. The same year, it was confirmed that Ora and BBC Radio 1 presenter, Nick Grimshaw, signed as judges for the twelfth series of The X Factor on the rival TV network ITV, after a bidding war between The X Factor and The Voice UK. In July 2016, Tyra announced that Ora would replace her as host of the revamped Top Model which aired on VH1. Ora hosted the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards on 12 November in London, at Wembley Arena. In September 2019, Ora was announced as a judge for the UK version of the music game show, Masked Singer, which aired on ITV in January 2020.

Cycle Appearances

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