Alesha Dixon quits Strictly Come Dancing

Alesha Dixon has decided to quit her place on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel.

The singer will not be joining Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli when the competition returns later his year.

In a message on her website, Dixon said: "After three incredible years on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel, I have decided that it is time to move on.

"Strictly Come Dancing will always hold a special place in my heart as it has been such an amazing experience, both as a winning competitor and as a judge.

"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the show, the production team, my fellow judges, and a very special thank you to the fans for their support."

A spokesperson for the BBC said: "We wish her all the best.

"She has done three very successful series with us and we look forward to announcing our new lineup in due course."

Alesha took part in the ballroom dance competition in 2007, which she won with partner Matthew Cutler.

She joined the judging panel in 2009 to replace axed judge Arlene Phillips.

At the time the decision to replace the choreographer was not popular with viewers and Alesha came in for some criticism.

Meanwhile, Dixon is to release her third solo album [i]The Entertainer/i] in 2010.

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