Alesha Dixon
Singer, Songwriter, Model, Dancer,
Alesha Dixon
Alesha Anjanette Dixon is an English singer, dancer, model and television presenter. She first found fame in the all-female R&B/garage trio Mis-Teeq; however, the trio separated in 2005 and Dixon continued pursuing her music career as a solo artist, signing to Polydor Records. Dixon began recording her debut solo album, Fired Up, in 2006, but due to poor record sales of her first two singles, "Lipstick" and "Knockdown", she was dropped from Polydor.
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Brexit stage left: will anyone make it to the BpopLive stage?
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Both 5ive and Alesha Dixon have pulled out of the troubled anti-EU gig, leaving just East 17, Sister Sledge and Gwen Dickey – for now Has there ever been a less enticing phrase in the history of live popular music than: “Brexit Live presents …”? Before you know anything about the gig in question – who’s playing, what the venue is and whether or not Mark Reckless will be beatboxing as the support act – those three simple words should act as a warning to most right-thinking people to stay away. Last time Brexit Live tried to present anything it didn’t go to smoothly: a gig at Birmingham’s Genting Arena set for 8 May had to be scrapped after the headliners – drum’n’bass duo Sigma – pulled out on the grounds that nobody had told them the show would be in support of, er, Brexit. Continue reading...
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See The Incredible Christmas Tree Made Entirely From Disney Toys
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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See The Incredible Christmas Tree Made Entirely From Disney Toys
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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See The Incredible Christmas Tree Made Entirely From Disney Toys
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'Britain's Got Talent' Preview: Alesha Dixon Plays Staple Gun Russian Roulette (PICTURES)
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
'Britain's Got Talent' judge Alesha Dixon is to take part in a game of staple gun Russian roulette on this Saturday's show. Last week it was show supremo Simon Cowell who was on the 'BGT' stage - when he received a controversial lap dance. This week it's Alesha's turn to be in the spotlight, when magician Ryan Tricks gets her to join in on his risky act. More...
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Alesha Dixon shows off her talent as she flicks leg up in feathered frock for brand new photoshoot
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
The 34-year-old looked gorgeous in a dark navy dress with feather detailing as she posed for the fun new spread.
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Alesha Dixon doesn't worry about ageing
Monsters and Critics - almost 4 years
Alesha Dixon doesn't worry about getting older and insists her thirties have been the best period of her life so
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Brenna Weingus: 'American Idol' Recap: The Bizarre Case Of Janel Stinney
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's ladies night at "American Idol" and every female contestant is desperate to prove that she has what it takes to continue on. The pressure of group night leads to plenty of tears and as much drama as any good reality show could ask for. This week, the judges (a.k.a. Nicki), are particularly inconsistent and don't seem to be judging the contestants on any talent-based criteria. One inspiring performer powers through forgotten lyrics, while others are shunned for being unprepared. So who survived the judges' mostly random selection? Find out below. The night kicks off with a round of solo auditions from each female contestant, which proves to be just as brutal as the judges promised. While favorites like Briana Oakley and Candice Glover easily make it through, it's the end of the road for Mariah Pulice, who inspired the judges in Chicago with her beautiful voice and battle with anorexia. The undeniably crazy Kez Ban is anxious for her audition after hours of cheering o ...
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PHOTOS: The Week's Best Style Moments
Huffington Post - about 4 years
While there's no denying First Lady Michelle Obama and the First Daughters, Malia and Sasha, stole the sartorial spotlight this week--there were also a few other style standouts worth noting. Jennifer Lopez looked lovely in white while attending a screening of her new film 'Parker' in New York City. The short ivory Lanvin dress boosted a a peplum waist and definitely helped showoff her famous curves. Britain's Got Talent judge, Alesha Dixon, got colorful for one of the show's audition sessions on Tuesday in London. The singer/dancer/rapper/model paired a black-and-white H&M blazer with multi-colored, abstract printed Aqua April Bodice and matching capri pants. And her Charlotte Olympia pink-and-black pumps were a perfect complement to the ensemble. Kerry Washington has been on a roll lately. She's a big star on the small screen with "Scandal," a box office queen with "Django" and has managed to find a seemingly permanent place on our Week's Best Dress List. Th ...
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Britain's Got Talent: Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon wear vibrant looks that colour clash at auditions
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
Each audition is another opportunity to show off another show-stopping look and on Tuesday Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon made a bright effort to get noticed at the Britain's Got Talent auditions. Both female judges stepped out at the London Palladium wearing eye-catching ensembles and the pair clearly hadn't called ahead to co-coordinated their outfits.
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Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon brave the elements in flesh exposing outfits for Britain¿s Got Talent auditions
Daily Mail (UK) - about 4 years
They say celebrities live in a bubble and it seems Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon really do.
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Simon’s golden summer
Brighouse ECHO - over 4 years
WHEN drummer Simon Calvert accepted an invitation from pop singer Alesha Dixon, he little thought it would lead to him performing for a worldwide audience of millions at the Olympic and Paralympic closing ceremonies.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alesha Dixon
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 37
    In October 2016, Dixon will co-present The Beam Awards on ITV alongside Trevor McDonald.
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    In 2016, she co-presented Sport Relief 2016 on BBC One with Greg James.
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  • 2015
    Age 36
    She was criticised for forgetting the words to "God Save the Queen" when performing a solo at the 2015 British Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details When Dixon first emerged into the public spotlight with Mis-Teeq, she was primarily the group's MC, whilst one of her band-mates Sabrina Washington usually sang lead vocals on the records. Washington encouraged her to rap from the band's inception, saying: "When she started she was a bit shy, but I always said that it adds something, an element of difference. It was the first time I'd ever heard a woman MC and I was like, 'Alesha, you have got to do that,' and she was like 'No Bri, don't make me look stupid'". However, when she began her solo career her first UK album, The Alesha Show, saw Dixon undergo a genre-shift. The album featured no rapping and was primarily R&B and soul, unlike Mis-Teeq's music, which focused mainly on garage and hip hop. Dixon commented that the record consisted of "a lot more guitar-written songs with pop produced around it". Dixons third album The Entertainer consists mainly of uptempo pop and dance-pop tracks.
    Dixon revealed the album's title as Do It for Love in an Official Charts interview. "Tallest Girl" was released 18 September 2015 as the second single from the album with an accompanying music video, directed by De La Muerte Films.
    More Details Hide Details The third single from the album was "People Need Love". The song has been reworked by Ash Rowes for the official single version. Ash Rowes has also been responsible for reworking Girls Aloud's "Whole Lotta History" official single version. "People Need Love" was released on 11 December 2015.
    Dixon premièred album track, "Azura (Blue Sky)" during Graham Norton's BBC Radio 2 show in May 2015.
    More Details Hide Details She also explained that the song "Do It for Love" was the first song she had written for the album and was a song about her love for music.
    In January 2015 she returned for the ninth series of Britain's Got Talent.
    More Details Hide Details In March, Dixon confirmed she would be releasing her new single "The Way We Are", via her own record label Precious Stone Records, on 21 June. The music video premiered in full on Vevo on 19 May. The video was filmed on Paphos, Cyprus and fans were given the opportunity to choose the video's ending from three options. The first live performance will take place on the Britain's Got Talent live shows in May. It will be her first single release in over four years, following 2011's "Every Little Part of Me".
  • 2014
    Age 35
    In December 2014 she announced that she would be releasing a new single in either March or May 2015.
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    Dixon also joined the Text Santa presenting team in December 2014 – ITV's annual Christmas charity telethon.
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    Dixon returned for the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    Dixon said she would put her fourth album on hold and concentrate on motherhood, but in summer 2013 she and Paddy McGuinness presented ITV's new entertainment show Your Face Sounds Familiar.
    More Details Hide Details The programme was not renewed for a second series.
    It was announced in June 2013 that Dixon was expecting her first child with her partner, former backing dancer Azuka Ononye, and on her 35th birthday, 7 October 2013, she stated on Twitter that she had given birth to her daughter, Azura Sienna, the previous week.
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    In 2013, Dixon resumed her role as a judge for the seventh series.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    In September 2012 it was announced that Dixon would be collaborating with former So Solid Crew rapper Ashley Walters on his new song "Your Love".
    More Details Hide Details The single was released on 11 November.
  • 2010
    Age 31
    In early 2010, Dixon began work on her third studio album, The Entertainer, which she intended to release during the summer.
    More Details Hide Details On 15 March Dixon flew to Denmark to begin recording with Soulshock & Karlin, the producers of Dixon's "Breathe Slow". Dixon's fan site later reported that Dixon had secured a recording session with Rodney Jerkins, a record producer who has produced records for Michael Jackson's final studio album Invincible and most recently produced Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's "Telephone". On 16 June, Dixon revealed on a post on her fansite that the upcoming album would be called Unleashed, and on 30 June her fansite president revealed the lead single is a track called "Drummer Boy", produced by Haitian-American producer, Shama Joseph, or "ShamRock". On 5 August it was revealed that Dixon had decided to change the album name from Unleashed to The Entertainer. "Drummer Boy", released in August, charted moderately at 15 on the UK Singles Chart. On 16 September, it was announced that Dixon had collaborated with Roll Deep and featured in the band's single "Take Control". The track appeared on both Roll Deep's album—Winner Stays On—and The Entertainer. "Radio", billed as The Entertainers second single, charted poorly upon release in November 2010, failing to reach the Top 40. The single's release coincided with the release of the album, which too made little commercial impact; a year later it was noted that the album had sold 60,000 copies.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    Additionally, Dixon is creative director of gym chain LA Fitness, a role which she assumed in 2009.
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    Dixon also embarked upon a 17-date national tour, named The Alesha Show, which began on 20 October 2009 in Nottingham.
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    It was revealed in July 2009 that Dixon would be joining the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel in September 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She replaced Arlene Phillips, which led to the BBC being accused of ageism and sexism by the media. Dixon, having a conflicting schedule also had to rearrange three dates on her upcoming tour, The Alesha Show to do the show, which is broadcast live on Saturday nights. Dixon's judging debut was met by criticism by some viewers, and 272 complaints were received by the BBC, according to The Guardian. Despite the complaints, the BBC stated they were "delighted" with Dixon.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    Dixon's first new album as part of her contract, The Alesha Show was released in the UK on 24 November 2008 and 21 November in Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details The official first single from the album, "The Boy Does Nothing" became her first solo top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, following a 76 spot jump from 84 to 8 on the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone; the single eventually peaked at number 5 and received Gold certification. The song also became a commercial success in continental Europe and peaked in the top ten on the Australian Singles Chart. The single sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide. The second single from The Alesha Show was "Breathe Slow" and entered the UK Singles Chart at number thirty-nine solely on download sales. The single rose for three weeks before breaking into the top ten at number six, giving Dixon her second top ten hit in the UK from downloads alone, and eventually peaked at number 3 on the Top 40 UK Charts, becoming Dixon's highest charting single on the UK Singles Chart. "Breathe Slow" was certified Silver in the UK for sales exceeding 200,000.
    Dixon, however, chose to sign a four-album contract with Asylum Records in 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 28
    Dixon took part in series 5 of TV show Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, partnered with professional dancer Matthew Cutler.
    More Details Hide Details Dixon was at first hesitant to join, fearing that snobbery within the music industry would damage her career. In a later interview, she said, "there's always this preconceived idea that people do reality TV shows because they want to kick-start their careers whereas I was actually worried that it would affect it." They had been the favourite from the third week, receiving the most points from the judges on numerous occasions. Dixon herself gained high appraisal from the judges, even being likened to a "young Josephine Baker" by Bruno Tonioli. They received 4.5 million votes in the final, beating actor Matt Di Angelo and professional dancer Flavia Cacace to win the glitter disco ball. Dixon is currently the most successful contestant to ever take part in Strictly Come Dancing, with an average point score of 36.5/40, the highest average score from any contestant to ever take part in the show.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    She has also been a guest on BBC One's current affairs programme This Week on two occasions, in November 2006 and December 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Dixon presented her own mini-documentary entitled Alesha: Look But Don't Touch, which aired on the BBC and featured a guest appearance from Cheryl Cole. The show explored "improvement" by digital technology in order to understand the impact all these "perfect" images have on society. In 2009, it was reported that Dixon was in talks with television companies about a possible chatshow. In 2008 and 2009, she co-presented Children in Need with Terry Wogan and Tess Daly. She returned to present the telethon in 2011 with Daly, Wogan and Fearne Cotton. In March 2010, Dixon presented the Mister World 2010 pageant in Incheon, Korea. Since 22 August 2011, Dixon presented a street-dance competition for CBBC called Alesha's Street Dance Stars. She has also appeared in the CBBC series 12 Again. On 17 May 2013, Dixon was a guest presenter on ITV Breakfast magazine show Lorraine.
    On 6 November 2006, it was revealed that Dixon had been dropped by her label, Polydor Records.
    More Details Hide Details Polydor gave her full rights to her unreleased debut album, Fired Up. Coinciding with her professional troubles was the collapse of her marriage to Harvey; Dixon filed for divorce just over a year after her wedding due to her husband's affair with Javine Hylton.
    Dixon released her second single "Knockdown" on 30 October 2006, which charted at 25 on the UK Download Chart.
    More Details Hide Details However, on the official UK Singles Charts, the single peaked at number 45, falling down to 68 the following week.
    She began recording her debut solo album, Fired Up, in 2006, but due to poor record sales of her first two singles, "Lipstick" and "Knockdown", she was dropped from Polydor.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Dixon won Strictly Come Dancing. Her television exposure led to a successful comeback, which included her signing to Asylum Records, an offshoot of Warner Music Group. Dixon then released a second album, entitled The Alesha Show, in 2008, which received platinum certification from BPI in the UK and spawned four singles including "The Boy Does Nothing" and "Breathe Slow", the latter of which became her highest charting single and earned her a Brit Award nomination. In September 2009, Dixon became a judge on the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, replacing Arlene Phillips. The replacement of Phillips by Dixon attracted criticism, as some questioned the extent of Dixon's dancing knowledge. Or any knowledge of talent In 2010, Dixon returned for the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing and released her third studio album, The Entertainer. In January 2012, shortly after completing the ninth series and her third year as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Dixon quit to become a judge on Britain's Got Talent.
  • 2005
    Age 26
    In June 2005, she announced her first solo single to be "Superficial".
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  • 2004
    Age 25
    Dixon is engaged with various animal rights organisations and is also a vegetarian. She is Vice-President of the League Against Cruel Sports, a charity which works to end cruelty to animals in the name of sport and featured in a charity appeal due to concerns that the Hunting Act 2004 could be repealed.
    More Details Hide Details In 2012, Dixon travelled to Romania with World Animal Protection to rescue two brown bears from Onesti Zoo, which had closed years previously. The bears were moved to a nearby sanctuary. In 2014, Dixon encouraged her Twitter followers to sign an online petition calling for the ban of slaughtering animals without being stunned first. UK and EU law requires that animals must be stunned before slaughter, unless for religious purposes (Halal or Kosher meat). Dixon is also a supporter of the PetRetreat scheme launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The scheme fosters pets belonging to victims of domestic abuse, who often have to leave behind animals, as many refuges and safe houses do not allow pets. The pets are later reunited with their original owners when possible. In addition to Dixon's commercial role as a model and representative for the cosmetics company Avon on International Women's Day 2012, Dixon launched the company's Pass It On campaign to highlight domestic abuse issues in the UK by encouraging the purchase of a necklace, described by her as "a symbol of women's empowerment, and infinite possibilities for women". All the proceeds from Avon's necklace campaign were donated to Refuge and Women's Aid. In March 2013 Dixon led a walk down Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament to raise awareness of domestic violence. Regarding the walk, Dixon commented that "awareness of domestic violence is still shockingly low and that's why it's so important that we raise awareness about a subject that is too often ignored".
    In 2004, Dixon went to feature in the N.E.R.D music video "She Wants to Move".
    More Details Hide Details In the video, she is shown dancing on a podium while the band circle her. It was also rumoured that she was dating Pharrell Williams around the time of the video. The last song Dixon recorded with Mis-Teeq was "Shoo Shoo Baby" for the Disney film Valiant. In March 2005, their Greatest Hits compilation was released and it was announced that they were separating to pursue solo careers. Dixon launched her solo career after Mis-Teeq's break-up and signed a £500,000, three-album deal with Polydor Records. She spent a year writing and recording her solo debut album, Fired Up, working with a wide range of producers including Richard X, Xenomania, Johnny Douglas, Brian Higgins, Estelle and Paul Epworth. During this period, Dixon performed mononymously, known simply as "Alesha".
  • 2001
    Age 22
    In October 2001, they released their debut album Lickin' On Both Sides, featuring hits "One Night Stand", "B with Me" and double A-side single "Roll On/This Is How We Do It". In 2002, Mis-Teeq performed and received a nomination at the BRIT Awards in Earls Court, later in the year band won the MOBO Award for Best Garage Act. After the success of their debut album, 2003 saw Mis-Teeq becoming the faces of JD Sports stores nationwide. In 2003, Mis-teeq released their second album Eye Candy, which included the singles "Scandalous", "Can't Get It Back" and "Style". In 2004, Mis-Teeq toured the United States and released their debut single "Scandalous" from their American self-titled debut, a compilation of the albums Lickin' On Both Sides and Eye Candy.
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  • 2000
    Age 21
    In October 2000, Dixon, then relatively unknown, featured on the single "Rumours" by Damage, which charted modestly at 22 on the UK Singles Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The genre of the track departed from the band's R&B style, in favour of a garage-based sound, however, the tepid reaction from fans insured Damage did not venture further into garage. In January 2001, Mis-Teeq released their first single, "Why". The track remained commercially unnoticed until a garage remix was produced and the track charted at 8 in April of that year. Two separate music videos for the song were filmed, accompanying the different versions of the song. The song's success coincided with Zena McNally's departure; McNally later alleged that friction between herself and Washington was a factor. Mis-Teeq, continuing as a trio, then released "All I Want", which charted even more successfully at number 2, behind Shaggy's "Angel".
  • 1999
    Age 20
    Dixon's career began in 1999 when she met Sabrina Washington as they both joined a dance school in Fulham, south west London.
    More Details Hide Details Together, they decided to form a band when Dixon and Washington, the two co-founders, spotted Su-Elise Nash, a girl auditioning for another band. Dixon and Washington proposed that Nash join the group and together they formed a trio. They were soon signed to Telstar Records with the addition of a new member, Zena McNally, and became the popular UK garage/R&B girl band, Mis-Teeq.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on October 7, 1978.
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