Alesha Dixon always used to say during her time on Strictly that she loved The X Factor (she was Team Little Mix, donchaknow), and her refusal to get involved in inter-channel rivalries has clearly stayed with her during her transfer to ITV.
She admitted in a new interview that she loves Britain’s Got Talent’s nemesis The Voice; a remark that reportedly upset new boss Simon Cowell. She told The Mirror:
“I have watched the show. My family come round on a Saturday night and we have some food and get ready to watch [Britain's Got Talent] and obviously we watch The Voice before. I am a big fan of Jessie [J], I am a big fan of will.i.am and I love listening to singers so it has been enjoyable to watch.”
“It wasn’t the brightest thing to say by Alesha,” said an observant ITV ‘source’. “She is always outspoken but sometimes less is more and ITV and Simon [Cowell] would have preferred her to say less about The Voice, that’s for sure.”
On Alan Carr: Chatty Man last year – y’know, the time she got smashed off her face and it was amazing television – discussing Strictly vs X Factor, she slurred:
“I don’t understand why we can’t just enjoy both shows. I actually don’t think the public give a shit. It’s the producers and the media. The public will just Sky+ one and watch it later, they don’t care. It’s swings and roundabouts. Next year they’ll be beating us, the year after we’ll beat them, who cares! Jog on Christmas.”
I do love her.