Alesha Dixon 'banned' from singing on BGT
Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon will reportedly not be allowed to perform her new song on the show.
Show boss Simon Cowell, 56, allowed her to perform single The Way We Are on the show last year and the song is from the same album - which failed to make the Top 40 - as her new single, Do It for Love.
The 37-year-old former Mis-Teeq star hoped to relaunch her solo career with a performance of new single Stop in front of the show's huge audience at Saturday night's live final, but Simon reportedly said no, according to The Sun newspaper.
"Alesha is disappointed to miss out but appreciates she can’t complain too loudly," a BGT source told the newspaper. "She knows how fortunate she is being on a show of BGT’s size so would never want to put that at risk. Alesha just knows how powerful big TV appearances can be for chart positions." Instead she will promote the new track at a series of low profile gigs.
The news comes hours after fans called for Alesha to be sacked following comments she made on Wednesday night's live show (25May16). Alesha was called a "racist" after describing the band Vox Fortura as "Four sexy chocolate men". In their post-performance comments she told them: "(You have) amazing voices, polished to perfection, that was sensational, well done."
While her comments were complimentary, viewers took to Twitter to slam her choice of phrase.
"Can Alesha get away with saying what she said about @Vox_Fortura? Had it been any of the other judges, they'd be called racist #BGT," wrote one viewer.
Meanwhile, BGT legend Susan Boyle, 55, is absent from the line-up for a special 10th anniversary performance on Saturday’s grand final.
BGT producers have reportedly not included the Scottish singer in the line-up of old favourites returning for a performance. Diversity star Ashley Banjo will lead a group including Stavros Flatley, Collabro, Ashleigh & Pudsey and George Sampson for a trip down BGT's memory lane.
A spokeswoman for Susan said: "Susan is busy recording her album at the moment in Glasgow and is totally focused on that."
Series one winner Paul Potts, 45, will also be missed as he is performing in South Korea.
- Cover Media