ALESHA Dixon first rose to fame in chart-topping girl group Mis-Teeq and has been a judge on one of the nation’s biggest TV shows.
She even been the host of the BBC’s The Greatest Dancer series. Let’s take a look at her career so far…
Who is Alesha Dixon?
Alesha Dixon, 40, is an English singer, dancer, rapper, model and television presenter.
She is best known today as a TV talent show judge, having presided over Strictly Come Dancing and now Britain’s Got Talent.
Alesha got her start in showbiz through her music career however, first in girl band Mis-Teeq and then as a solo artist.
She is also a successful entrepreneur with her own clothing line, and is looking to expand her brand even further as an actress and author.
She has six half-siblings – two half-brothers, and on her father’s side, and three half-brothers and a half-sister, on her mother’s side.
In 2017 her half-brother John Lonergan was severely injured in a car accident that killed his best friend.
In April 2018 she published her debut children’s novel Lightning Girl.
Alesha has a reported net worth of around £2 million.
What TV shows has Alesha Dixon been on?
In 2007 Alesha won Strictly Come Dancing with her professional partner Matthew Cutler.
In 2009 she returned to the show as a judge.
Alesha left the Strictly panel in 2012 to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent alongside Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell and David Walliams.
The show will begin its 13th series on April 6, 2019.
In 2017 Alesha presented Dance, Dance, Dance on ITV.
The show sees celebrity contestants perform some of the most iconic pop song and dance routines, from Beyoncé to Michael Jackson.
She has also hosted glitzy awards ceremonies like the MOBO Awards, The Brit Awards, and E!’s Live From The Red Carpet at the 2009 Baftas.
In January 2019 Alesha joined forces to front The Greatest Dancer on the BBC – a show dedicated to uncovering Britain’s most gifted dancers.
She co-hosts the programme with Jordan Banjo – while Cheryl and former Glee star Matthew Morrison judge.
Is Alesha Dixon married and how many children does she have?
Alesha is in a relationship with former backing dancer Azuka Ononye. They have been together since 2012.
She was previously married to MC Harvey, from English rap group So Solid Crew.
They had dated since 2000 and got married in 2005, but divorced in 2006 after he had an affair with another singer.
Alesha and Ononye have a daughter, Azura Sienna, who was born in March 2013.
What was Alesha Dixon’s music career like?
Alesha Dixon rose to fame in R&B and Garage girl group Mis-Teeq, alongside Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash.
Their first album went platinum, while single ‘All I Want’ went to no. 2 in the UK charts. They supported Shaggy on his UK tour that year.
In 2003 they released their most famous single, ‘Scandalous’. It reached no. 2 in the UK and entered the top 10 in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Denmark.
In 2004 they were beginning to build up a fanbase in the States, touring and doing the rounds of chat shows. However their record label went bankrupt, and in 2005 the group split.
There has long been talk of a Mis-Teeq reunion and Alesha has said it would be a “disaster” if the band never came back together.
In April 2017, The Sun revealed Alesha was set for a seven-figure windfall after half of her royalties from her time in Mis-Teeq went entirely unpaid for more than ten years.
More on Alesha
Alesha Dixon was known as a rapper during her time in the band, but branched out into a solo career when the group split.
She released two singles, but they didn’t achieve the same kind of success as Mis-Teeq’s work, and she was swiftly dropped by her record label.
However her win on Strictly Come Dancing served to revitalise Alesha’s music career. Single ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ sold 1 million copies worldwide while 2008 album ‘The Alesha Show’ went platinum, and she toured the UK as a solo act.