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Last Updated: Monday September 21 2009 06:52 GMT

Alesha defends her Strictly role

Alesha Dixon

Former Strictly Come Dancing champion Alesha Dixon says she won't quit her new role as a judge on the show, despite loads of fans being unhappy.

Alesha replaced Arlene Philips on the judging panel when the show returned for a new series on Friday.

After the first show, hundreds of fans complained saying Alesha didn't know enough about dance to be a good judge.

Alesha admitted it wasn't nice being criticised but said: "It's not in my nature to consider quitting."

Most of the unhappy fans reckon Alesha doesn't have the technical knowledge about dance that Arlene had, and say that's why she's struggling.

Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis was the first celeb to get booted off the show

But the BBC said it was "delighted" with her performance and fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood said people should give her a chance.

"I think this backlash is just horrendous and she doesn't deserve it," he said. "She's up there to form a critique and that's what she's doing.

"I think she's doing it really really well and it makes me angry and concerned that people are having a go at her. Give her a chance for goodness sake!"

First out

As a former Strictly contestant, Alesha said she's there to give an understanding of how hard it is for the celebrities to reach the standards expected by the judges.

Alesha as a judge
Alesha Dixon

"We are just starting on a long road and I know I can help make the path smoother for some of the celebs," she said.

Meanwhile, former tennis star Martina Hingis was the first celeb to be booted off the show at the weekend after losing out in the dance-off to TV presenter Rav Wilding.