Nicole Scherzinger is being lined up to replace Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing. Show bosses are reportedly hoping to poach the US X Factor judge – who won Dancing With The Stars, the American version of the BBC One series, in 2010 – from Simon Cowell, after he lured former panellist Alesha to Britain’s Got Talent with a lucrative pay packet.
An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: “Nicole is young, sexy and knows what she’s talking about. Having already won the US dance show, her credentials are good. And taking her off Simon would be great .
“Alesha leaving could end up being a great move for the show.”
However, Nicole isn’t the only star in the running to take over the Strictly judging role.
Previous winner Kara Tointon – who is dating professional dancer Artem Chingvintsev – is currently favourite to replace Alesha, while Karen Hardy, a consultant on the BBC One show, is also said to be keen to bag the job.
Meanwhile, Arlene Phillips – who was axed from Strictly in 2009 to make way for Alesha – has reportedly been considered for a return to the panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
Writing on her twitter page, she told fans: “Gosh twitter followers and friends. I am overwhelmed by your incredible tweets campaigns and facebook messages so much love and thanks. (sic)”