Alesha Dixon opens up about the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent
She began her musical career with the famed girl band Mis-Teeq, but since 2005, Alesha Dixon has been riding solo. Returning to the judging panel of Britain’s Got Talent, which sees Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams as her co-judges, Dixon tells us that she’s thrilled to be back and that it is like a dream job where ‘we come to work and spend most of the day laughing and get to be entertained by weird, wonderful, bad or crazy acts’. Before the season premieres, Dixon tells us more about why it ‘is not going to disappoint’. Plus, quick quips from Cowell.
Anything you’re particularly looking forward to this year?
I am always looking forward to the singers and the dancers, purely because that’s my passion. But at the same time, I really look forward to being surprised and seeing acts that do something I’ve never seen before. Or something so ridiculously bad that it’s hilariously funny. I embrace all types of acts and variety – it is what makes this show.
David Walliams won Best TV Judge at the National TV Awards. Has that changed anything?
The fact that Simon graciously accepted the award on his behalf didn’t help matters. The ?rst audition we did, David kept putting the award on the desk and rubbing it in his face. Every time Simon would say something to him that wasn’t particularly ?attering, David would just pull the award out and say, ‘The people have spoken’. So we saw a lot of the award!
Is there pressure to ?nd better talent?
Each year the standard gets higher and higher. Whenever we start the next round of auditions, we pray that someone incredible comes through. We don’t want to settle and think that was OK. We want someone who’s going to be better than anything we’ve seen.
Have there been disagreements?
Often, an act may come onto the stage that Simon and I love, but Amanda and David don’t, or Amanda and I might love it and the boys don’t. We all have areas that we are drawn towards but that makes it interesting. It’s healthy to have debates about our different tastes.If you didn’t have that then the show wouldn’t be diverse. I love the little squabbles because it’s always done with love!
Starts June 1, 9 pm on Vh1
— Team Indulge