Cowell lures Alesha Dixon from Strictly

Alesha Dixon is leaving Strictly Come Dancing for Simon Cowell’s ITV show Britain’s Got Talent.

She will be joining Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Amanda Holden on the judging panel and auditions will begin later this month.

The singer stunned BBC executives by quitting Strictly just hours before she was announced as a judge on BGT.

Dixon is said to be receiving £350,000 for her new job – believed to be three times her Strictly salary.

A statement on Dixon's website on Monday said: "Alesha has decided not to return to Strictly Come Dancing after a successful three-series run and will instead be joining the Britain's Got Talent panel."

She added: "After three incredible years on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel I have decided that it is time to move on.

"Strictly Come Dancing will always hold a special place in my heart as it has been such an amazing experience, both as a winning competitor and as a judge.

"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the show, the production team, my fellow judges, and a very special thank you to the fans for their support."

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "Alesha has had three very successful series and we wish her well for the future.

"We are now looking forward to announcing our new panel in due course."

Early names being touted include Zoe Ball and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey.

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