This year has been an unusual one for Alesha Dixon. Normally, much of her time would have been taken up with filming Britain’s Got Talent, but with the show cancelled for 2021 due to the pandemic, the 43-year-old judge has been able to turn her attention to some other projects close to her heart.
As well as launching her own wellness brand NobleBlu, Alesha has released her sixth children’s book. She’s also been busy in the studio working on new music. And with such a demanding career and being a parent to daughters Azura, eight, and two-year-old Anaya with her husband Azuka Ononye, 40, Alesha admits that trying to fit it all in can be a struggle. “The juggle is real,” she says, laughing.
Here, the former Mis-Teeq singer tells new about how delighted she is to be returning to the next series of BGT and how it feels to be reuniting with her fellow judges…
Hi Alesha! How excited are you about the return of Britain’s Got Talent?
I can’t wait! We’ve got the audition dates in the diary for the middle of January and at the moment it’s all systems go. Everybody is quietly excited. I think everyone is treading a little bit cautiously as life is ever-changing and a bit unpredictable, but for the most part everyone is excited to be reunited. I think it could be the best series we’ve ever had. There’s going to be so much talent that is just bursting to get out on stage.
Have you missed the show?
Yes, we’ve missed each other and we’ve really missed the show. Of course, everyone who works on the show appreciated it, but when something is taken away from you, you have a bigger appreciation for it. I think the first day back is going to be like a party. Fingers crossed I’ll have a lovely Christmas because I know that as soon as Christmas is over, BGT is back on the road.
Was it strange having a year without it?
It was the strangest thing ever because we see each other regularly every year. If we’d done the show this year that would have been my 10th series and the line-up’s been the same for 10 series, so for a long time that’s just been our normality. We all have such a lovely relationship and have kept in contact and seen each other sporadically throughout the year. I actually saw Simon [Cowell] at the Pride Of Britain Awards as we were presenting together and I saw David [Walliams] recently for his birthday and Amanda [Holden] and I always keep in touch. But the four of us haven’t been in a room together for ages.
So it definitely will be a party then…
Yes! It’s kind of like when you have family members that you’re close to and everyone is dotted around here, there and everywhere. When we do get back together I think it will feel like a reunion. You’ve had a few celebrations recently with David’s 50th and Ant McPartlin’s wedding.
Who throws the best party?
That’s a difficult one to compare because in their own right every party has been brilliant. But I have to say David’s party was fantastic. He had Elton John performing, so that might just trump everyone!
How are your daughters getting on?
They’re great. They enjoyed half term – we did a lot of activities to keep them entertained and I tried to juggle work as usual.
And you had Azura’s eighth birthday party too…
Yes, she had great fun at her party. Last month was actually a bit of a crazy month. I feel like the world just sped up. We’re super busy, but we’re all very happy – like anyone, the juggle is real. I’m just trying to get it all done and trying to keep life fun and things joyful, even though life can be a bit stressful. I always just say with anything in life you’ve just got to take it one day at a time and it becomes more manageable.
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Do you have more children’s books in the pipeline?
Earlier this year I released my sixth children’s book called Girls Rule. It’s about sisterhood and friendship and has the UK’s first black female Prime Minister, which is really cool. I had a development meeting recently to discuss my next book, which is exciting. I feel like I have some form of responsibility now to ensure that each book I release outdoes the previous book and keeps my young readers interested, but it’s a good pressure. No matter who you are or what you do, you’re always trying to better yourself and become a better version of yourself. So whether it’s music, books, writing or other projects, I’m always constantly trying to grow and elevate and become a better version of myself.
Can we expect new music from you soon?
I’m continually writing and I’m in the studio as that’s just part of my life. I put out a track called Raw as a taster track but hopefully next year there’ll be an EP and an album to follow.
And tell us about working with Lego on its Rebuild The World campaign…
The Lego Group approached me about the campaign and I thought it was a really lovely idea. I had the nice job of choosing which of the children’s Lego creations got brought to life. I was genuinely blown away by some of the ideas, but Amelie, who is only eight, came up with this brilliant idea to revamp her grandma’s mobility scooter and make it more personal.
What was it like surprising Amelie to tell her that her creation was being brought to life?
It was a really fun day. She was such a confident little girl and a pleasure to be around. When it comes to children’s creativity and the encouragement of that, that’s right up my street. I think it’s so important to always uplift children and make them feel like they could do anything. As adults we always overthink things, whereas children let their imaginations run wild. Lego is a great starting place for children’s creativity and problem-solving. My girls love Lego. We always start with Azura to help her and then we find she disappears and Mum and Dad are left finishing something she started. It’s so therapeutic. Kirsty Hatcher Alesha has teamed up with the Lego Group to bring Amelie’s Lego build to life.
For details on its Rebuild The World campaign, visit lego.com/rebuild-the-world
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