Rita Ora, the singer, was my favourite judge on the BBC’s programme The Voice.
She simply charmed her audience and, alongside the legendary Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, the American singer, songwriter and rapper, who seemed to enchant everyone around him, and the amiable Ricky Wilson, whose enthusiasm brought a measure of beatitudes to the proceedings, were a team made in heaven.
So it is rather disappointing to learn that Rita was enticed by Simon Cowell to go over to ITV to join him as a judge for a new line-up on The X Factor, which includes the overrated Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.
However, I am more than delighted to see the back of Louis Walsh whom I found overbearingly passé and full of his own worth, which came to nothing. He must have had his day of glory, but I thought his lingering in the limelight for too long didn’t do him any good.
As for Simon Cowell himself, he should exercise more influence as a judge and not give way to the antics of his co-judges on his other show, Britain’s Got Talent, which at times turned into a farce. Such ridiculous behaviour does not augur well for the credibility of the show – nor for Simon’s prestige as a formidable show business tycoon.
Nevertheless, having said that, anything he does in the entertainment field cannot be ignored for, as the saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. And by golly, his eating habits never failed him so far.