Rita Ora on The One Show: BBC apologises for The Voice judge's 'choice of outfit' after 400 complaints

The Voice judge offended some viewers by 'having her boobs hanging out'

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Rita Ora may have liked the plunging white trouser suit she wore on The One Show. but hundreds of viewers found it cause to complain.

The newly-appointed Voice judge, 24, was appearing on the prime-time BBC1 chat show with Kaiser Chief’s Ricky Wilson to promote the TV singing contest.

But her decision to wear nothing underneath the Ermanno Scervino blazer soon came under attack, with 399 people complaining to the broadcaster.

“I am no prude but found it totally inappropriate,” one viewer wrote on the BBC’s Points of View message board, while another requested that a “dress code” be introduced to avoid seeing “boobs hanging out”.

The Voice judges Will.i.am, Rita Ora and Ricky Wilson on The One Show

“Is Rita Ora's outfit really suitable for this time of evening?” another message read. “Thankfully my 7-year-old boy is elsewhere. Come on BBC, make the woman put a vest on.”

Wilson joked about the “How We Do” singer’s appearance, describing her as “naughtier” than former judges Kylie Minogue and Jessie J. “Look at her!” he said.

Other viewers defended Ora, arguing that “complaints about a woman showing a bit of cleavage” were like something from the Fifties.

“Seen more on a cold beach in Bournemouth in April,” one post read.


A BBC spokesperson said at the time that The One Show “allows guests to choose their own attire and pop stars often opt for something glamorous or striking”.

“We didn’t feel that Rita’s outfit would be outside of most viewers’ expectations of that of a major pop star, but we appreciate that tastes vary.”

However, the following message has since appeared on the show's Facebook page: “We're sorry to those of you were were offended by Rita Ora's choice of outfit on yesterday's show. If we had been consulted on it we would have requested she wore something more suitable for 7pm.”