Alesha Dixon has admitted working with Bruno Tonioli is tougher than looking after a bunch of kids.
The pair have been filming the new series of Britain’s Got Talent and she’s struggled to deal with his over-the-top persona.
Asked what it’s like doing the show with him, she said: “Exhausting. It’s absolutely exhausting. He does not know how to sit still.
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“It’s like sitting next to an excitable puppy, I’m not even exaggerating. The first day I was like, ‘What is happening here?’”
Asked if it would be easier to deal with Bruno or kindergarten kids, she replied: “A kindergarten. Absolutely. I think I could manage that a lot better than I could manage Bruno.”
Alesha, 44, has been left frustrated because Bruno, 67, keeps grabbing her arm when they’re sat together on the panel.
She told Capital Breakfast: “I’ve had a few Bruno bruises on the arms. I bruise like a peach.”
She said her nine-year-old daughter Azura – who is also her "biggest critic" – suggested wearing a fake arm one day in order to get her own back on Bruno and to give him a shock of his own.
“To prank him, so next time he grabs my arm he thinks he’s pulled my arm off! Producers didn’t get the memo, I thought that was a great idea from a nine year old.”
Additionally, Bruno's excitement about pressing the show's golden buzzer has also irritated Alesha.
The golden buzzer is a significant element of the show, as it allows each judge to send an act straight through to the live shows.
However, the judges are supposed to wait until the end of the act before pressing it.
But according to Alesha, Bruno pressed the buzzer only 20 seconds into the act, breaking the rules and ruining her chance to press it for the act he selected.
Alesha was devastated by the incident, and it left her furious with Bruno.
She said: “Bruno pressed the golden buzzer about 20 seconds into the act. And we’re supposed to wait until the end.
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“I was furious because I wanted to press my golden buzzer for the act he pressed it for. He broke the rules and he infuriated me. I was devastated.”
Despite the challenges of working with Bruno, Alesha has a lot of love for the show and the opportunity to work alongside such talented judges.
Bruno joined the ITV talent show earlier this year after David Walliams, 51, quit the when it was revealed he had called an elderly contestant a 'c***' and made vile sexual remarks about a woman taking part.
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