Alesha Dixon asks BBC for help amid 'Strictly' criticism

Thursday September 24, 2009

Alesha Dixon spent Wednesday in talks with the BBC after being left "really upset" by the criticism she is receiving as the newest addition to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel.  

Former Strictly winner Alesha - whose appointment  replacing Arlene Phillips caused controversy - said : "I need help. All this abuse has to stop," the Mirror reports.

In response her management is teaming up with broadcasters on an action plan to deal with the backlash.

It has also emerged that the BBC released a briefing note for dancers, judges and celebrities on how to deal with questions concerning Alesha's appointment.

If asked about the former Mis-Teeq star they were instructed to simply say that she "is a great performer and was a fantastic champion."

A spokesman said the document was "not an attempt to suppress anything or pass an edict because we cannot do that".

Photo: © BBC

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