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As she promoted her new show Your Face Sounds Familiar, Alesha Dixon revealed she hasn’t signed up for the next series of BGT yet, leading to the inevitable question ‘is she leaving?’
Alesha was quick to reassure there won’t be any changes to next’s years line up.
‘It doesn’t work like that, they do yearly contracts. But if they want me back, I will definitely be in. I’d be silly not to because it’s such a fantastic show. The standard this year was so much higher than I expected and it was a lovely feel on the panel too. Last year David and I were the newbies. This time everything was very settled. It was great – the ratings were good, Simon was on top form and the production people were delighted with it.’
Talking about her new show she joked she thinks working alongside Paddy McGuinness will be a breeze after sitting next to David Walliams on the BGT judging panel.
Laughing, Alesha said: “I can’t wait to work with Paddy. Throw me in any environment and I will deal with it! I am used to craziness. I think Paddy is really funny and I know it is going to be a lot of fun.”
Still, she doesn’t know what to expect from the singing celebs: ‘I haven’t heard them yet – and you do wonder,’ she says. ‘I think the fact they’ve signed up for it means they have to have some confidence in their voices. I can’t imagine you’d go in for this if you were tone deaf.
‘The interesting thing is that we really don’t have a clue what we’re in for. They don’t have a choice in who they have to be – the Randomiser is exactly that, random. Either sex could be thrown up too. Alexander Armstrong doing Lady Gaga? It’s possible.’
Whatever happens, Alesha is happy with the show: “I’m so excited about it. Maybe a bit nervous – but that’s a good thing. I never set out to be a presenter like this, but these opportunities have come my way, and this is a great fun show to be involved with. When I was five I used to dress up in a white nightie, brush my hair into an afro, and pretend to be Diana Ross. I’d belt out Reach Out And Touch.’
Here’s a look at the trailer for Your Face Sounds Familiar…