Alesha Dixon quits Strictly Come Dancing

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We’ve barely hit 2012 and already there has been another casualty on the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom dance floor. This time it comes in the face of singer turned judge Alesha Dixon. After she replaced Arlene Phillips back in 2009 Alesha held her own and won the nations heart through her quick learning and technical notations as celebrities and pro dancers battled it out on the floor below her week after week. We loved her charismatic charms, dress sense (thanks to stylist Katie Greengrass), and fun friendship between herself and fellow judge Bruno Tonioli, but it seems that Alesha has chosen to move channels and become a fourth judge for the next series of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV1 for it’s sixth series alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Amanda Holden – which has yet to be set in stone and confirmed by ITV execs.

The ex Mis-Teeq singer, 33, clearly was an asset in the ratings war as Strictly smashed the X-Factor week after week last year, therefore this makes perfect sense that Simon Cowell should jump in and bring her on-board.

In a statement made earlier Dixon noted that:

“After three incredible years on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel I have decided that it is time to move on. Strictly Come Dancing will always hold a special place in my heart as it has been such an amazing experience, both as a winning competitor and as a judge.

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the show, the production team, my fellow judges, and a very special thank you to the fans for their support.

Music is my great passion and the reason for the other incredible opportunities that have come my way and I am looking forward to getting back into the studio and focusing on making a new record in 2012.”

The only question is who will be set to replace the Dixon? We would like to think that Cheryl Cole could be just the ticket, however ex-Principle ballerina Darcey Bussell and actress Jennifer Grey, whom both appeared as guest judges may be in the running; although by their performances the nation may not have warmed to them quite as much as Dixon. My best bet would be someone along the same age group and maybe an ex-professional such as Karen Hardy, Zoe Ball (who took over from Claudia Winkleman on spin-off show It Takes Two last series), or another well-loved singer in the industry with mass popularity…. Is Adele free at all I wonder.

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