ALESHA Dixon sensationally quit as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing to jump ship to Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.
But the gamble paid off as she’s still bringing the entertainment on the judging panel of the hit show. Here’s what you need to know about Alesha and her rise from Mis-Teeq…
=Alesha Dixon is one the nation’s sweethearts
Does Alesha Dixon get along with Amanda Holden in real life?
Alesha and Amanda are thick as thieves in real life.
The pair enjoy a healthy friendship off-screen beyond their banterous on-screen relationship.
The Britain’s Got Talent judges have openly spoken out about ‘vowing to remain friends’.’
And they are often caught being playful with each other – Amanda even recently admitted that Alesha has ‘better boobs’ than her.
Alesha and Amanda’s daughters also enjoy play dates together which the proud mum’s like to share to social media.
Who is Alesha Dixon?
Alesha Dixon, 40, is an English singer, dancer, rapper, model and television presenter.
She is best known today as a TV talent show judge, having presided over Strictly Come Dancing and now Britain’s Got Talent.
Alesha got her start in showbiz through her music career however, first in girl band Mis-Teeq and then as a solo artist.
She is also a successful entrepreneur with her own clothing line, and is looking to expand her brand even further as an actress and author.
She has six half-siblings – two half-brothers, and on her father’s side, and three half-brothers and a half-sister, on her mother’s side.
In 2017 her half-brother John Lonergan was severely injured in a car accident that killed his best friend.
In April 2018 she published her debut children’s novel Lightning Girl.
Alesha has a reported net worth of around £2 million.
What was Alesha Dixon’s music career like?
Alesha Dixon rose to fame in R&B and Garage girl group Mis-Teeq, alongside Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash.
Their first album went platinum, while single ‘All I Want’ went to no. 2 in the UK charts. They supported Shaggy on his UK tour that year.
In 2003 they released their most famous single, ‘Scandalous’. It reached no. 2 in the UK and entered the top 10 in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Denmark.
In 2004 they were beginning to build up a fanbase in the States, touring and doing the rounds of chat shows.
However their record label went bankrupt, and in 2005 the group split.
There has long been talk of a Mis-Teeq reunion and Alesha has said it would be a “disaster” if the band never came back together.
In April 2017, The Sun revealed Alesha was set for a seven-figure windfall after half of her royalties from her time in Mis-Teeq went entirely unpaid for more than ten years.
Alesha Dixon was known as a rapper during her time in the band, but branched out into a solo career when the group split.
She released two singles, but they didn’t achieve the same kind of success as Mis-Teeq’s work, and she was swiftly dropped by her record label.
However her win on Strictly Come Dancing served to revitalise Alesha’s music career. Single ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ sold 1 million copies worldwide while 2008 album ‘The Alesha Show’ went platinum, and she toured the UK as a solo act.
What TV shows has Alesha Dixon been on?
In 2007 Alesha won Strictly Come Dancing with her professional partner Matthew Cutler.
In 2009 she returned to the show as a judge.
The show will started its 13th series on April 6, 2019.
In 2017 Alesha presented Dance, Dance, Dance on ITV.
The show saw celebrity contestants perform some of the most iconic pop song and dance routines, from Beyoncé to Michael Jackson.
She has also hosted glitzy awards ceremonies like the MOBO Awards, The Brit Awards, and E!’s Live From The Red Carpet at the 2009 Baftas.
In January 2019 Alesha joined forces to front The Greatest Dancer on the BBC – a show dedicated to uncovering Britain’s most gifted dancers.
She co-hosted the programme with Jordan Banjo – while Cheryl and former Glee star Matthew Morrison did the judging.
Is Alesha Dixon married and how many children does she have?
Alesha married her former backing dancer Azuka Ononye inm 2017. They have been together since 2012.
She was previously married to MC Harvey, from English rap group So Solid Crew.
They had dated since 2000 and got married in 2005, but divorced in 2006 after he had an affair with another singer.
Alesha and Ononye have a daughter, Azura Sienna, who was born in March 2013.