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Album: Alesha Dixon, The Alesha Show – Encore (Asylum)

Doubtless figuring that Alesha is a more bankable prospect following her adoption as judge on Strictly Come Dancing than she was a year ago, when the original version of The Alesha Show was released, Asylum have chosen to reissue it with a handful of extra tracks to tempt the undecided.

Alesha Dixon, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

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Doubters might have predicted an early retirement for Arlene Phillips after she was ungraciously dropped as a judge on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing. But yesterday she cemented what can only be described as an extraordinary career comeback when Sadler's Wells Theatre announced her appointment to its board of directors. The position will become effective with her first board meeting on 25 November.

Strictly Come Dancing 'catfight' wounds Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon has dismissed criticism that she is not qualified to judge Strictly Come Dancing's contestants as "nonsense" and said she has been left "wounded" by the backlash against her.

Jane Merrick: Vince Cable backs 'outstanding' Alesha

Nick Clegg might have wrong-footed himself over his use of the phrase "savage cuts", but his deputy Vince Cable has been much smoother when describing the controversial replacement of Arlene Phillips by Alesha Dixon in Strictly Come Dancing.

Give Alesha Dixon a chance, says Revel Horwood

Angry Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood rallied round Alesha Dixon today and blasted the "horrendous" backlash directed at her.

Ian Burrell: Ageist BBC? Arlene Phillips is back on BBC1

After the BBC "ageist" controversy surrounding Arlene Phillips being taken off the panel of Strictly Come Dancing at the age off 66 to be replaced by 30 year old Alesha Dixon, the former Hot Gossip choreographer is back on BBC1.

Britain's actresses ask what makes them less equal

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Watson takes swing at ageism

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Howard Jacobson: I never did see my function as supplier of the wherewithal to feed women's neuroses

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Strictly star Alesha Dixon's Wimbledon challenge

Alesha Dixon was helping to warm up the Wimbledon crowds today at the Robinsons Mini Court.

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