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Saturday 23 September 2017

Alesha is quitting Strictly to join BGT

Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon is leaving to join Simon Cowell on the judging panel of hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent.

Dixon, a former Strictly winner who was controversially chosen to replace Arlene Phillips on the panel of the BBC show in 2009, said it was "time to move on".

The 33-year-old singer (below) revealed the news on her website yesterday and named her fellow panellists as Cowell, series regular Amanda Holden and comedian David Walliams.

Cowell said: "I love Alesha. She is feisty, opinionated and knows what it's like to be both a competitor and judge on a hugely popular TV show."

A spokeswoman for the BBC said Strictly's new panel was unlikely to be announced until the summer. Bookmaker William Hill has professional dancer Karen Hardy as 4/6 favourite to replace Dixon.

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