SIR Elton John's former manager DEREK MacKILLOP has snapped up former Mis-Teeq beauty ALESHA DIXON - offering her a staggering $950,000 (GBP500,000) solo contract just two weeks after she left the girlband.

Dixon and her former bandmates Sabrina Washington and SU-ELISE NASH ended their eight-year musical partnership last month (MAR05) to pursue solo projects - and Dixon is amazed her pop dream has come true so quickly.

She says, "I can't wait to get in the studio and lay the tracks down. I want to hear Alesha as a solo artist, it's all so brilliant."

The sexy brunette, who is engaged to SO SOLID CREW star HARVEY, will start recording new material for record label Polydor next week (begs11APR05).

08/04/2005 14:06