Alesha Dixon: Judging a child's performance is too hard

Wednesday August 17, 2011

Alesha Dixon has said she could not bring herself to be a judge on her latest TV dance show – because she did not want to be responsible for disappointing the young acts

The Strictly Come Dancing regular is hosting new talent show Alesha's Dance Stars, which will give a break to promising dance crews.

The show is being judged by top street dancer Turbo and dance choreographer Kenrick Sandy, who have both worked with Alesha, as well as So You Think You Can Dance finalist Lizzie Gough.

The youngsters will also receive mentoring from Perri Luc Kiely and Jordan Banjo of Britain's Got Talent-winning dance troupe Diversity.

Alesha said: "I'm hosting the show. I didn't want to judge on this show.

"With Strictly we give an opinion to adults but the public make the choice – they decide who goes through – whereas with this show, the judges decide who goes through.

"There's no public vote. And I just couldn't send home a 10-year-old.

"It's much safer to host it, I'm more like the mother hen of the show."

Former Mis-Teeq star Alesha said she felt in the wake of recent riots in England, dance could be a focus to help young people keep out of trouble.

She said: "I think kids need a focus. Because if you don't have a focus you hang around, you get bored and that's when you start causing trouble and becoming a nuisance.

"And I do think, hand on heart, that dance is one of the many things that could be done in terms of encouraging and inspiring kids to become a part of something."

Alesha's Street Dance Stars begins on August 22 on CBBC and will go out each weekday at 9am and 5pm.

Photo: © Getty

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