Alesha Dixons joins Britain's Got Talent

Britain's Got TalentAlesha Dixon is swapping the judges panel of Strictly Come Dancing for that of ITV‘s Britain’s Got Talent.

It was announced earlier today that Dixon had decided to quit BBC One‘s celebrity dancing competition after three seasons as a judge. Dixon originally competed, and won, Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and returned in 2009 as a judge replacing Arlene Phillips. Dixon’s placement on the panel, with the removal of Phillips, was controversial at the time with accusations of ageism aimed at the corporation.

After three seasons though the fuss over her appointment had completely died down and she had been accepted by audiences. However, all that is about to change with the announcement that she is leaving Strictly for ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Dixon will be part of the new line-up of judges for the forthcoming season of the talent competition. Amanda Holden will once again return as a judge with Simon Cowell as returning after being absent for the previous season.

Joining Dixon as a new judge on the panel will be David Walliams meaning BGT will have four judges ala the X Factor. It’s not the first time BGT has had four judges with Kelly Brook being added to the judges panel in 2009. Brook didn’t remain on the panel long though as producers reportedly felt a fourth judge didn’t work right. Since the departures of David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre as judges reports once again emerged claiming producers would add a fourth judge.

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