Alesha Dixon told: ‘Support Strictly or face axe’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon has apparently been warned by the BBC to commit to the show – or risk being sacked.

Bosses are said to be furious after Alesha praised the dance show’s ITV1 rival The X Factor as ‘more creative’ – amid claims she was being lined up to replace Cheryl Cole on the judging panel.

According to reports in The Sun, one insider said of Alesha: “She is not the most important part of the Strictly judging line-up and the show’s success does not depend on her.”

Alesha – who replaced Arlene Phillips on the panel in 2009 – told a magazine: “I think it’s great on The X Factor that the judges get to mentor.

“It’s much more creative. We don’t do that on Strictly, we just comment. I’m into anything that enables me to use my creativity.”

A BBC source said: “It is not on for Alesha to woo The X Factor. She is a judge on the biggest entertainment show on the BBC and should be proud of that – not making public pronouncements about its biggest rival.”

Alesha’s manager Malcolm Blair vowed that the star was committed to Strictly.

“Contrary to recent speculation, Alesha is committed to Strictly and looks forward to taking her place on the judges’ panel when the show returns.”

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