Speculation is mounting over Alesha Dixon’s future as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, according to the papers.
The Mirror reports that show producers are holding talks next week to determine whether or not she will take part in the next series – with rumours that they are lining up an older woman to replace her.
Oscar winner Liza Minnelli, 63, and 60-year-old dance legend Ann Reinking are among those being mentioned as possible replacements should Dixon not return.
“After such a hoo-ha getting Alesha in for Arlene in the first place, it would be embarrassing to get rid of her so soon,” an insider told the paper.
“But Alesha has divided public opinion and that of the panel. Whilst head judge Len Goodman likes her, there are concerns she did not appeal to the younger viewers she was brought in to attract.”
Dixon, a former series winner, caused controversy when she was brought in to replace Arlene Phillips in the 2009 series of the show, with the BBC being accused of ageism as a result.
Phillips is currently appearing as a judge on BBC1’s So You Think You Can Dance.
A BBC spokeswoman said, “Alesha did a great job on the last series and we’re looking forward to working with her again.”