Rita Ora is gearing up to return to the UK to film the new series of The Masked Singer after nine months overseas.
The I Will Never Let You Down singer will resume her position as a judge on the ITV competition show and will spend two weeks shooting the series next month.
‘She loves doing the show and though she has set up a new life in LA, she was determined to still take part,’ an insider said.
‘She has been out of the UK for the whole of 2021 but she won’t be back for long because at the moment the trip is only scheduled for a fortnight.
‘There will be strict Covid rules on set but she’s hoping to see some family and friends while she’s here. It’s really important to her.’
The insider continued to The Sun: ‘The events of last year very much tainted the UK for her. She sees this as a working trip. LA is her home now.’
The pop star sparked controversy last year when she broke Covid lockdown rules by throwing a dinner for her 30th birthday at a restaurant in Notting Hill, London.
The singer apologised and said it was an ‘inexcusable error of judgment’.
In a post on her Instagram story, she wrote: ‘Hello all, I attended a small gathering with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday.
‘It was a spur of the moment decision made with the misguided view that we were coming out of lockdown and this would be OK…
‘I’m deeply sorry for breaking the rules and in turn understand that this puts people at risk. This was a serious and inexcusable error of judgment.
‘Given the restrictions, I realise how irresponsible these actions were and I take full responsibility.’
She continued: ‘I feel particularly embarrassed knowing first-hand how hard people have worked to combat this terrible illness and being fully aware of the sacrifices that people and businesses have made to help keep us all safe.
‘Even though this won’t make it right, I want to sincerely apologise.’
The Masked Singer series 2: Who is behind each mask?
With the nation more or less confined to their living rooms every Saturday night, The Masked Singer has proven to be something of a lockdown 3.0 saviour. While the performances are of course a draw, most of the fun lies in guessing just who is behind each mask. Here are the clues and theories so far:
- UNMASKED: Alien was Sophie Ellis-Bextor
- UNMASKED: Seahorse was Mel B
- UNMASKED: Swan was Martine McCutcheon
- UNMASKED: Grandfather Clock was Glenn Hoddle
- UNMASKED: Bush baby was John Thomson
- UNMASKED: The Viking was Morten Harket
- UNMASKED: The Blob is Lenny Henry
- UNMASKED: The Dragon is Sue Perkins
- UNMASKED: Harlequin is Gabrielle
- UNMASKED: Robin is Aston Merrygold
- UNMASKED: Badger is Ne-Yo
- UNMASKED: Sausage is Joss Stone