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Last Updated: Monday September 28 2009 13:37 GMT

Alesha 'getting into' judging job

Alesha Dixon on the Strictly Come Dancing judging pnael with (L-R): Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli

New Strictly Come Dancing judge Alesha Dixon says she's starting to relax and be herself on the show, despite early criticism of her judging style.

The 2007 Strictly champ has replaced Arlene Phillips, but after her first show loads of fans complained saying she didn't know enough about dance.

Now Alesha's admitted feeling "a lot of pressure" in the build up to the first show but said she was settling in.

"This week I was able to relax and be myself," she said.

During Friday's show, host Bruce Forsyth said the criticism of Alesha had been unfair, adding that everyone on the show was supporting her.

Hollyoaks actor Ricky Whittle and his dance partner Natalie Lowe

Afterwards, Alesha described Bruce's public backing of her role as a judge as "encouraging and very lovely".

"Brucie is a sweetheart and has always supported me ever since I was in the show in 2007," she said.

But he's not the only one who's spoken out to support the singer.

Former jockey Richard Dunwoody, who was booted off the show on Saturday, said she was "absolutely fantastic" as a judge.

Ratings battle

And earlier in the week, fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood said Alesha was doing a really good job and urged people to give her a chance.

The row over Alesha's job as a judge has made loads of headlines over the past week, but it didn't help the show in its ratings battle with X Factor.

The dancing show came second to the search for a new singing star for the second week.