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Last Updated: Tuesday September 22 2009 08:05 GMT

Alesha hits out at her critics

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon has dismissed claims she's not qualified to be a judge on the TV show Strictly Come Dancing.

The former winner of the dance competition said she's experienced enough to sit on the judging panel.

Alesha told the Radio Times: "It's nonsense to say that I'm not qualified to judge the dancers."

"I spent six years singing with Mis-Teeq, and another four as a solo artist where I had to pick my own dancers and audition them."

Alesha as a judge
Alesha Dixon

She added: "Having competed on the show, I'll be the only judge who understands what the celebrity dancers are going through."

New series

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

But some unhappy fans complained saying Alesha didn't know enough about dance to be a good judge.