ALESHA Dixon is preparing for the arrival of her second baby – with her good pals Ant and Dec announcing the happy news during the first Britain’s Got Talent semi-final earlier this year.
Now, all eyes will be on the star’s baby bump once again as BGT: The Champions is on our screens. Here’s everything you need to know about Alesha and her rise to fame as well as her family life…
When is Alesha Dixon’s baby due and what has she said about her pregnancy?
It’s unclear when her baby is due given that Alesha has never mentioned how many months she was into her second pregnancy.
Given that women typically wait three months before announcing the news, which she shared during the first Britain’s Got Talent live semi-final in May, Alesha could be giving birth around October-November.
Alesha has been vigilant in not letting slip any details, at the time of the baby news, she confessed: “Well, my partner knew and my mum. But I didn’t tell anyone else in the family. No one at Britain’s Got Talent knew – although they must have suspected because my dresses had to be altered every week.”
This will be the singer’s second child with backing dancer Azuka Ononye, following the birth of their firstborn, Azura Sienna, in March 2013.
The 40-year-old has revealed that being pregnant for a second time has made the process so much easier, stressing on ITV’s Loose Women how she feels calmer than she did before but that was mainly because she didn’t know what to expect.
This time, however, Alesha says she has nothing to worry about.
“I feel great actually, I feel so much more relaxed this time around. It’s great the first time around, you read every single book going and the second time you’re like, I’ve got this.
“Azura is amazing, she’s doing really well and kisses me every day and making sure everything’s okay. She’s so excited, beyond excited”.
Alesha’s fellow BGT judge Amanda Holden revealed to The Sun: “I think she’s doing brilliantly, and she’s worked right up to the end of her pregnancy.
“I have felt that baby. That baby’s coming early. I’ve told her.
“I’m a witch, I sense these things and I said, ‘You’ve got to be careful. I reckon it’s going to come two or three weeks early’.”
Is Alesha Dixon married?
Alesha has been with Azuka Ononye since 2012, however, they are not married.
She was previously married to MC Harvey, from English rap group So Solid Crew.
The two had dated since 2000 and got married in 2005, but divorced in 2006 after he had an affair with Pop Idol star Javine.
Despite her love for MC Harvey, the cheating scandal had consequently ended their relationship.
When did Alesha Dixon quit Strictly and what other shows has she been on?
In 2007 Alesha won Strictly Come Dancing with her professional partner Matthew Cutler.
In 2009 she returned to the show as a judge.
Alesha left the Strictly panel in 2012 to become a judge on Britain’s Got Talent alongside Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell and David Walliams.
The show started its 13th series on April 6, 2019.
In 2017 Alesha presented Dance, Dance, Dance on ITV.
The show saw celebrity contestants perform some of the most iconic pop song and dance routines, from Beyoncé to Michael Jackson.
She has also hosted glitzy awards ceremonies like the MOBO Awards, The Brit Awards, and E!’s Live From The Red Carpet at the 2009 Baftas.
In January 2019 Alesha joined forces to front The Greatest Dancer on the BBC – a show dedicated to uncovering Britain’s most gifted dancers.
She co-hosted the programme with Jordan Banjo – while Cheryl and former Glee star Matthew Morrison did the judging.
Does Alesha Dixon get along with Amanda Holden in real life?
Alesha and Amanda are thick as thieves in real life.
The pair enjoy a healthy friendship off-screen beyond their banterous on-screen relationship.
The Britain’s Got Talent judges have openly spoken out about “vowing to remain friends”.
And they are often caught being playful with each other – Amanda even recently admitted that Alesha has “better boobs” than her.
Alesha and Amanda’s daughters also enjoy play dates together which the proud mum’s like to share to social media.
What are Alesha Dixon’s biggest songs?
As we know, Alesha rose to fame in R&B and Garage girl group Mis-Teeq, alongside Sabrina Washington and Su-Elise Nash.
Their first album went platinum, while single All I Want went to no. 2 in the UK charts. They supported Shaggy on his UK tour that year.
In 2003 they released their most famous single, Scandalous. It reached no. 2 in the UK and entered the top 10 in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Denmark.
In 2004 they were beginning to build up a fanbase in the States, touring and doing the rounds of chat shows.
However, their record label went bankrupt, and in 2005 the group split.
There has long been talk of a Mis-Teeq reunion and Alesha has said it would be a “disaster” if the band never came back together.
In April 2017, The Sun revealed Alesha was set for a seven-figure windfall after half of her royalties from her time in Mis-Teeq went entirely unpaid for more than ten years.
Alesha was known as a rapper during her time in the band, but branched out into a solo career when the group split.
She released two singles, but they didn’t achieve the same kind of success as Mis-Teeq’s work, and she was swiftly dropped by her record label.
However, her win on Strictly Come Dancing served to revitalise Alesha’s music career. Single ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ sold one million copies worldwide while 2008 album ‘The Alesha Show’ went platinum, and she toured the UK as a solo act.
What is Alesha Dixon’s background?
Alesha, 40, is an English singer, dancer, rapper, model and television presenter.
She is best known today as a TV talent show judge, having presided over Strictly Come Dancing and now Britain’s Got Talent.
Alesha got her start in showbiz through her music career however, first in girl band Mis-Teeq and then as a solo artist.
She is also a successful entrepreneur with her own clothing line, and is looking to expand her brand even further as an actress and author.
She has six half-siblings – two half-brothers, and on her father’s side, and three half-brothers and a half-sister, on her mother’s side.
In 2017 her half-brother John Lonergan was severely injured in a car accident that killed his best friend.
In April 2018 she published her debut children’s novel Lightning Girl.
Alesha has a reported net worth of around £2 million.
She sensationally quit as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing to jump ship to Britain’s Got Talent in 2012.
But the gamble paid off as she’s still bringing the entertainment on the judging panel of the hit show.
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When will Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions be on TV?
The Britain’s Got Talent spin-off came to our screens on Saturday, August 31.
The series will run for six weeks – with this in mind the show is likely to end on October 5, 2019.
We know that the final was taped at Wembley Arena at the end of July.
Embarrassingly, the act who won the contest showed off their trophy outside the arena.
But we won’t spoil it for you, however, if you do care to know who’s won the show, a simple Twitter search will bring up the answer in no time.