The Voice: first picture of new judge Rita Ora

The "Hot Right Now" singer has joined Tom Jones, Will.i.am and Ricky Wilson for the show's fourth series

Below is the first glimpse of Rita Ora in her new role as judge of BBC1’s singing contest The Voice.

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Ora will be the third female judge in The Voice UK’s history, following in the footsteps of Jessie J and Kylie Minogue, She is joining veteran judges Tom Jones and Will.i.am, and Kaiser Chiefs’ frontman Ricky Wilson will also be returning for a second series. The fourth series is due to begin on 10th January.

Kosovo-born Ora, 23, had her breakthrough after she featured on DJ Fresh’s 2012 hit “Hot Right Now”.  She has since gone on to enjoy a stream of solo number ones and has received over 200 million hits on YouTube. She has previously collaborated with big names including Calvin Harris, Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and fellow The Voice judge Will.i.am.

It is hoped that Ora, who previously worked as a guest judge on X Factor, will prove a ratings hit for the show which has struggled to match the success of its ITV competitors. Will.i.am said: “Rita is sweet, spicy and sassy – she’s going to be a great addition to the coaches team.”

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As well as making her debut on The Voice in 2015, Ora will also be gracing the big screen in Fifty Shades of Grey, playing Christian Gray’s sister Mia.