Alesha Dixon (born 7.10.1978)
Alesha Dixon is an English singer and TV personality. She first found fame in the female pop group Mis-Teeq when her distinctive vocal style made her stand out from the rest of the band. Since the band spilt, she has made numerous television appearances, including being crowned the winner of the popular British TV show, Strictly Come Dancing.
Childhood: Alesha was born to a Jamaican father and an English mother and was one of seven children: two half-brothers and a half sister on her mother's side; three half brothers on her father's side.
Alesha attended Monks Walk School in Welwyn Garden City. She had originally intended to train to become a PE teacher and earned a place at Loughborough University. However, she put her career on hold when she was approached on a train by a record producer who enquired whether or not she could sing.
In 1999, Alesha joined a West London dance academy, 'Dance Attic' and met Sabrina Washington there. The pair met Su-Elise Nash during an audition and, along with Zena McNally, formed Mis-Teeq and signed to Telstar Records.
Musical Career: Mis-Teeq's debut single was released in 2000. After the release of 'Why?' McNally left the band and the remaining three members took the decision to remain as a trio.
The debut album, Lickin' On Both Sides was released in 2001 and spawned several hits, including 'All I Want' and 'Roll On / This Is How We Do It'.
Mis-Teeq's second album, Eye Candy included the singles 'Scandalous' and 'Get It Back'. The band toured the US in 2004 before returning to Europe to work on their third album. Unfortunately for the band, Telstar Records folded, leaving the band with no choice but to release a Greatest Hits compilation under Universal Records. Shortly after this release, the band announced that they would be splitting up in order to pursue solo careers.
Polydor records signed Alesha to a £500.000 record deal. A number of high profile producers worked on the album, including Paul Epworth and Richard X. the debut single from the album, ''Lipstick' was released in 2006 and charted at number 14 in the UK charts. The second single, 'Knockdown', fared less well, peaking at number 45.
Late 2006, it was reported on Alesha's website that the singer had parted company with Polydor Records. The album remained unreleased and Polydor gave Alesha full rights to the work, entitled Fired Up.
In 2008, she announced plans to release the album in Japan and Asia.
Alesha recorded a song, released for download in 2008, for the Ford Focus promotional campaign. The tracks featured musical instruments made from actual car parts.
Modelling: Alesha is represented by Select Model Management. Her past magazine covers include FHM, Arena, Company, and Bliss.
Alesha was chosen as the lead female to star in N*E*R*D's video for 'She Wants To Move', after Pharrell Williams spotted her on the cover of Arena. She has previously been listed in FHM's '100 sexiest women' polls.
Television Appearances: Since leaving Mis-Teeq, Alesha Dixon has appeared in a number of television shows. She has presented the MOBO Awards, CD:UK and the TV coverage of the BRIT Awards.
Alesha has also made guest appearances on the BBC current affairs programme, This Week, as well as winning the 2007 series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Her performance of 'God Save The Queen', which became 'Gad Save The Queen', was one of the most talked about aspects of the F1 event.
Alesha Dixon hit back on Twitter at Grand Prix fans who have been criticising her rendition of the British national anthem at the weekend, saying she deliberately chose to sing a “particular version” of the lyrics. Meaning “the wrong version”, presumably…
The 36 year old ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge came in for derision after her performance of ‘God Save The Queen’ at the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday (July 5th) turned into something more like ‘Gad Save The Queen’, with many criticising her apparent American accent.
She also got the words wrong in her a-cappella version (though there was a full brass band waiting just behind her in the shot?), singing “God save our Queen” as the final line of the anthem where it should have been ‘the’.
The English singer did the honours before the British Grand Prix on Sunday, and was criticised for singing in an American accent and getting the words wrong.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge Alesha Dixon was roundly derided for a hilariously dodgy rendition of the British national anthem at the Silverstone Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon (July 5th), which included forgetting some of the words and adopting an American accent.
Before the Formula One race started at the annual event in Northamptonshire, former Mis-Teeq member Dixon, who is due to release her first album in five years later in 2015, was invited to sing ‘God Save The Queen’ to the assembled fans, who had turned out in their thousands to see British driver Lewis Hamilton eventually claim the win.
Alesha Dixon singing at the British Grand Prix on Sunday (July 5th)
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The judges' choice of outfits got some a bit hot under the collar when the final went out live back in May.
Ofcom has decided that the revealing dresses worn by Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon during the final of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ last month are not worthy of further investigation, ruling that the outfits “appropriately covered” the two judges.
The final, broadcast live on ITV on May 31st, drew 89 complaints to the media regulator about the female judges’ choice of outfits that they felt were unsuitable for a pre-watershed programme. Holden’s blue dress featured a plunging neckline, as did Dixon’s slightly tighter-fitting black one.
Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden arriving at 'BGT' in January 2015
The comedian and talent show judge may have already enlisted the rest of his ‘Britain’s’ Got Talent’ family for the project.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge David Walliams is reportedly putting his experiences on the ITV series to good use and writing a sitcom based around a talent show. Walliams, who has been a judge on the series since 2012, is said to have already got his fellow ‘BGT’ judges excited about the project and they’ve even asked for starring roles.
David Walliams is writing a sitcom based on ‘BGT’.
Speaking to The Sun, Alesha Dixon said that when Walliams’ revealed the project she and fellow judge Amanda Holden immediately demanded parts. "There has been a conversation," Dixon said. "Amanda and me are very keen to be involved. I think Simon [Cowell] would be up for it too. We'll bully our way in! I told David that whatever he does, just make sure sure I'm a cool character.”
ITV received criticism for the revealing dresses the two judges were wearing during Sunday night's live final of 'Britain's Got Talent'.
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon are in hot water for their choice of clothing for the show’s final on Sunday night, after almost 200 people complained that their garments were too revealing for a pre-watershed programme.
Both judges were wearing revealing outfits with plunging necklines for the final, which went out at 7:30pm on ITV, well before the 9pm watershed. Media regulator Ofcom received 90 complaints, while the broadcaster itself had 100 people raise concern with the amount of flesh on show.
Amanda Holden and fellow judge Alesha Dixon might be in hot water over their choice of outfits for 'BGT'
The BGT judge says a talented pooch made him fall asleep on the show.
Simon Cowell says he's always hoped to find a cat that can play the guitar during his annual TV search for a star, but now he has come across something even stranger - a dog that can apparently hypnotise people.
Simon Cowell may have just found his ultimate Britain's Got Talent star
MailOnline reports that in yesterday's edition of 'Britain's Got Talent' (Saturday 24 April), the 55-year-old music mogul seemingly fell under the spell of Krystyna Lennon's beloved pet Princess, a German spitz.
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The panel remains the same as last year, with Cowell, Dixon, Holden and Walliams all set to cast their eye over the hopefuls again.
It’s that time of year again! ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is all set to return to our screens to see us through the dark and dismal winter months, and viewers can expect more of what they’re used to, as the show’s line-up is unchanged.
ITV confirmed on Friday that the panel of judges will remain the same, after Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams have all signed up for another year. On the presenting front, stalwart pair Ant & Dec will return as hosts once more.
Simon Cowell will return in 'Britain's Got Talent'
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Collabro have been crowned the winners of 'Britain's Got Talent'. The boy band were closely followed by Lucy Kay in second place and Bars & Melody in third.
The eighth season of Britain's Got Talent has wrapped up and the winner announced on Saturday (7th June). Boy band Collabro was crowned the winner. Opera singer Lucy Kay came second and Bars & Melody were the runners up.
Alesha Dixon judges Britain's Got Talent.
Collabro is a boy band with a particular interest in musical theatre and consists of 20-year-olds Richard Hadfield and Matt Pagan, 24-year-olds Michael Auger and Thomas Redgrave and Jamie Lambert, aged 23.
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'Britain's Got Talent' judge Alesha Dixon waves at paparazzi as she poses for photos at the launch of her new fragrance 'Rose Quartz', held at the Indulge store in Manchester, UK.
Alesha Dixon announced, via Twitter, she had given birth to a baby girl last week.
Alesha Dixon revealed she had given birth to a baby girl days before her 35th birthday. The Britain's Got Talent judge tweeted her happy news yesterday (7th October) writing "my baby girl Azura Sienna was born last week." Yesterday was her first birthday as a mother and she claimed the arrival of her baby was "the best present in the world."
Alesha Dixon gave birth to a baby girl named Azura.
Azura's father is Dixon's boyfriend, dancer Azuka Ononye. The couple have been dating for over a year after a long friendship, according to Star magazine. Azura is their first child together.
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Date of birth
7th October, 1978