Britain's Got Talent 2017: Alesha Dixon denies the show is 'fixed'

Alesha Dixon (Britain's Got Talent 2017)

Alesha Dixon has hit back at claims that Britain's Got Talent 2017 is 'fixed'.

The singer and former Strictly Come Dancing winner has been on the panel for the past five years now, and says the show is "so genuine".

Reacting to the latest range of 'fix' allegations, Alesha told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Oh my god, it’s so genuine. The great thing is that when we show up we haven’t got a clue who we’re going to see and I like that.

"Even with the live shows, you know, if we wanted to watch rehearsals we could, but we all make a conscious decision not to because we want to see it in real time with the audience because you want that genuine reaction."

She concluded: “So no, of course it’s not fixed and it’s natural for people to be suspicious, I get that, but it’s not.”

Alesha's comments were backed up by her fellow judge Amanda Holden.

In recent years there have been several stories of BGT hopefuls that were invited to take part by producers.

One such act from the current series is Sarah Ikumu, the schoolgirl singer that received Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer.

But in her column for The Sun's Fabulous magazine, Amanda insisted it's fine for the talent contest to employ scouts.

"I never understand why, every year, there’s controversy around some acts on the show having been scouted by the producers," she wrote last week.

"So what? We want as wide a spectrum of talent as possible.

"Plus, there’s always a mix of people who just show up on the day, and people who’ve posted videos on sites like YouTube in the hope of being discovered.

"I don’t get why anyone would have an issue with that. I certainly don’t."

Britain's Got Talent continues Saturday nights on ITV.

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