BBC sources last night said that Strictly Come Dancing bosses were threatening to axe Alesha Dixon from the show if she fails to commit to the programme. The popstar yesterday praised rival show The X Factor amongst rumours she was about to jump ship to the music reality contest.
Alesha said: “I do think it’s great on X Factor that the judges get to mentor. It’s much more creative. We don’t do that on Strictly, we just comment.”
The singer seemed to confirm rumours that she was in talks with Simon Cowell to join the show this year as a replacement for Cheryl Cole. Alesha added: “I’m into anything that enables me to use my creativity."
However a BBC insider told The Sun last night: "She is not the most important part of the Strictly judging line-up and the show's success does not depend on her."
Another source added: "It is not on for Alesha to woo The X Factor. She is a judge on the biggest entertainment show on the BBC and should be proud of that - not making public pronouncements about its biggest rival."
The source continued: "If she hadn't committed to the show immediately they were prepared to show her the door - even if she didn't get a job offer from The X Factor.
"What was most galling about it was that the BBC supported Alesha over the past few years when she got a lot of flack about joining Strictly."
Last night however Alesha's manager Malcolm Blair denied the former Mis-Teeq member was involved in talks for The X Factor, saying: "Contrary to recent speculation, Alesha is committed to Strictly and looks forward to taking her place on the judges' panel when the show returns."