Alesha Dixon: I won't quit Strictly Come Dancing

New Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon has vowed not to quit the hit BBC dance show despite the wave of criticism following her performance at the weekend.

The 31-year-old former champion replaced 66-year-old choreographer Arlene Phillips as a judge for this year's series as the Beeb looked to challenge The X Factor's youthful demographic.

However, Dixon has suffered the backlash from the show's fans who have complained about her lack of technical knowledge.

Speaking during an interview with the Daily Mirror, the 2007 champion said that it wasn't pleasant being criticized but acknowledged that you can't please everyone. "I am not a quitter. It's not in my nature to consider quitting," she added.

Meanwhile fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood has pledged his support for Dixon branding the wall to wall criticism towards the new judge as "horrendous".

"This backlash is horrendous and I don't think she deserves it. She deserves to be given a chance and it makes me very angry that she's not," Revel Horwood told BBC Breakfast. "If you go back and look at the first weeks of any of us, Arlene, Len, Bruno and I, on any of our early recordings none of us were perfect right away."

The celebrity judge continued: "To get good constructive criticism in 10 seconds is not an easy thing to do and it takes time. Alesha has got to be given a chance. She's up there to form a critique and that's what she is doing."

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