Alesha Dixon replaces Arlene as Strictly judge

Alesha Dixon will be a judge on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing, it’s been confirmed.

Alesha – who won the series in 2007 – will replace Arlene Phillips on the judging panel when the hit BBC One reality show returns for a new series in the autumn.

Legendary ballet dancer Darcey Bussell will appear as a guest judge later in the series.

BBC One controller Jay Hunt said: “As a former Strictly champion, Alesha knows exactly what it takes to win. Her eye for great performance and her charisma and charm make Alesha a great addition to the judging panel.

“Darcey has impeccable credentials as a dancer and, as a guest judge, she will bring an exciting new dimension to the last few weeks of the Strictly competition.”

Alesha said: “I’m honoured and excited to be joining the judging panel. I’ve always felt like part of the Strictly family and really believe in the show.”

Darcey added: “It is a real pleasure to have been invited to join Strictly Come Dancing. It is a fantastic show and I’m looking forward to getting to know the dancers and being part of the excitement.”

Arlene Phillips will move to The One Show as its resident Strictly expert. She said: “I am delighted to be part of The One Show. I will miss Strictly. It has been a big part of my life for six years.”

The news came as the BBC unveiled its autumn line-up in London.