The Masked Singer: Rita Ora to Step in for Nicole Scherzinger

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The Masked Singer 11 will feature Rita Ora on the panel as Nicole Scherzinger heads to the West End

The Masked Singer judge Nicole Scherzinger will return to London’s West End this month, starring as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard.

As Season 11 taping gets underway, the show has found a singer and competition reality show veteran, Rita Ora, to take her place. She’ll be seated next to panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke throughout Season 11, which is set to air on FOX midseason 2024.

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Nicole will be seen this fall on season 10 of The Masked Singer, which taped earlier this year. The new season returns for it’s regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m. ET.

Rita Ora has extensive experience serving on talent show panels

Rita has extensive experience appearing on television talent shows. She is currently a panelist on the UK version of The Masked Singer, which makes her a natural replacement for Nicole. But she’s also a coach on The Voice Australia. Previously she served as a coach on The Voice UK in 2015 and later on The X Factor UK. In 2016 she hosted America’s Next Top Model and then ABC’s ill fated summer show Boy Band in 2017. She has also guest judged on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

Best known for her pop hits including “R.I.P.” and “How We Do (Party),” her latest album, You & I, features the singles “Praising You (feat. Fatboy Slim)” and “You Only Love Me.” Rita is also an actress, including roles in the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise, as well as Pokémon: Detective Pikachu and Twist. Next, she’ll be seen opposite Jamie Foxx and Robert De Niro in the film Tin Soldier and with Brandy in The Descendants sequel The Rise of Red.

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