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Last Updated: Thursday June 18 2009 13:21 GMT

Alesha's new Strictly Come Dancing judge rumours

Arlene Phillips with the other Strictly Come Dancing judges and Alesha Dixon.

Former Strictly Come Dancing winner Alesha Dixon has brushed off rumours that she's being lined up to replace Arlene Phillips as a judge on the show.

Newspaper reports claim the 66-year-old dance teacher and choreographer has been told she won't be back for the new series of the BBC show in September.

When asked, pop star Alesha laughed off the rumours but didn't deny them.

The BBC says it can't confirm anything yet, but it's always looking at ways to improve viewers' enjoyment of the show.

The Sun newspaper reckons producers of the show want Alesha to bring a bit of youth and glamour to the panel of ageing dance experts in an attempt to compete with The X Factor.

Alesha Dixon and dance partner Matthew Cutler after winning the Strictly Come Dancing  trophy in 2007
Alesha won Strictly Come Dancing with Matthew Cutler in 2007

Alesha's had chart success since winning Strictly in 2007 and admits the show has changed her life.

But talking about the claims that's she's set to be a Strictly judge, she said: "There is always speculation. Two months ago they were reporting that I was going to take over from Brucie.

"But once you are part of Strictly Come Dancing, you are part of the family and I do feel that about the show."