Alesha Dixon is joining the Simon Cowell’s ITV show Britain’s Got Talent as one of the new judges.
Yesterday BBC executives got shocked upon the announcement by the former pop star, no one could have anticipated that Dixon is about to leave them that day.
Within hours, she got revealed as a judge in the newly revamped BGT, which starts the audition later this month to look for talented contestants.
A source claimed that Miss Dixon is going to receive three times the salary that she is making from the dance reality show. However, her manager claimed that the move has nothing to do with the money that she will be getting from Simon Cowell.
The manager also confirmed that BBC got made aware of her defection only yesterday morning.
The manager continued that his talent had three years with the dance reality show, but there are times when people want to have a different environment.
Simon delighted that they got one of the judges of their rival reality show.
Miss Dixon started her road to fame with the pop band Mis-Teeq, and then won Strictly as a contestant prior to getting hired as one of the judges.
Last night there were rumors that had quit in order to record an album and promote it in the autumn, when Strictly is on. This latest job would let her do that opportunity.
Last year, BGT and The X Factor, suffered from reduced ratings.
The last series of BGT was the first in which Cowell was not a judge during the show, which returns only for the live finals.
Two judges – former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and comedian Michael McIntyre – got hired to replace Cowell and Piers Morgan, together with Amanda Holden.
However, neither both has been a disappointment to the audience and got fired after just one series.
Miss Dixon is going to join a returning Cowell, Miss Holden and comedian David Walliams in the revamped line-up. Reports say that Walliams to be receiving £800,000 for his role.
Back in September 2010, there had been rumors about Miss Dixon decision with moving with their rival reality show X Factor.
However, she did not leave Strictly and had signed to stay as a judge for a year.
However, yesterday, Miss Dixon says delighted to be joining the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent for 2012. It is a fantastic show, and she is proud to be part of the reality show also to work with Simon, and the rest of the judges.