Alesha Dixon has quit Strictly Come Dancing for Britain’s Got Talent where she will appear as a judge besides Simon Cowell, David Williams and Amanda Holden. The former singer is to be paid the triple of her salary which she received whilst on the dancing competition show as a judge. Allegedly she is to earn £350,000 which compared to her salary for Strictly it was estimated at £100,000.
According to Alesha’s manager Malcolm Blair they have been in talks with ITV bosses for contract negotiations for ‘the last couple of weeks’. Speaking to The Mirror Blair said: “Three years is a long time on one show and she wanted to keep the end of this year clear for her new album. Much as she loved doing Strictly, it is time to move on. This is not about the money. Doing Strictly every Saturday night for 15 weeks was a huge commitment and this will free her up for other things.”
It was also informed that a BBC executive had only learnt of her move to ITV when newspaper Daily Mail contacted them. Surprised at her exit he said: “Alesha took a while to bed in at Strictly so I’m surprised ITV decided to book her.”
Another BBC insider added: “Strictly is bigger than Alesha. We gave her, her big break.”
A spokesperson at BBC also commented to say: “Alesha has had three really successful series of Strictly and we wish her well in the future. The BBC gave her a fantastic opportunity and she has really grown her career and she is now off for a different challenge.”
Alesha released a statement over her departure, confirming that she has quit Strictly for BGT and other aspects of her career: “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.”
She concluded on her statement adding that leaving Strictly would also allow her to focus on her music and other aspects for her career too: “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.”
In 2007 Alesha won the dancing competition with partner Matthew Cutler. She then returned to the show as a judge replacing Arlene Phillips in 2009.
The new judging line – up for Strictly will be announced in between late spring or early summer.