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Rita Ora replaces Tyra Banks

Rita Ora will host America's Next Top Model.

Rita Ora and Tyra Banks
Rita Ora and Tyra Banks

The 25-year-old singer, who quit the British version of The X Factor earlier this year to concentrate on her music career, will replace supermodel Tyra Banks on the iconic US TV show.

A source told a newspaper: "Rita is in a dream world as she's landed the ultimate gig. She'll be mixing her two passions of fashion and music and taking over from a TV institution in Tyra."

Added the source, "Next Top Model bosses wanted to inject some freshness back into the format and they see Rita as the ideal new face. She is releasing a new single later this year to coincide with it."

America's Next Top Model ran for 22 series over a space of 12 years before the CW Network pulled it last year. But it has been picked up again by VH1 and former host Tyra will remain as an executive producer.

The 42-year-old-beauty was responsible for finding her successor and earlier this year spoke of her excitement about doing it.

She said: "I'm pumped to identify that person and bring back the show."

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