Alesha Dixon loves bad BGT acts

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 April 2013
Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon loves the "bad" 'Britain's Got Talent acts, though she sometimes has "no patience" to sit through their entire audition

Alesha Dixon "embraces" bad 'Britain's Got Talent' acts.

The 'Lipstick' singer - who sits on the judging panel of the ITV show alongside Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Simon Cowell - admits it takes a lot of patience to find a "gem" among the thousands of hopefuls trying out for the show, but her favourite acts are the less-than-talented ones.

She said: "Naturally, you have to get through a lot of bad acts to find a gem.

"I tend to embrace the bad acts, though sometimes I don't have any patience for them."

Alesha, 34, is particularly proud of her success because she knows it is hard for black women to do well on prime time TV.

She told Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine: "There still aren't many on prime time TV. Britain's an amazing multicultural place and that should be celebrated and represented.

"[My dad] said [when I was young,] 'What makes you think you're going to succeed? Black people from this country don't succeed.'

"I've always said you can't use colour as an excuse. I had to do what was right for me. In a way, that gave me the determination to work harder."

Alesha went on to praise the BBC for giving her a judging role on 'Strictly come Dancing' in 2009.

She said: "When I joined in 2009, the controller of the BBC came into my dressing room and said they were proud to have a woman of colour on their panel. It was so nice they acknowledged it."

Alesha Dixon

Over-14s show. R&B and urban tunes from the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge.

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