A spokesperson for Alesha Dixon has denied the singer ditched Strictly Come Dancing for a bigger Britain's Got Talent pay cheque, insisting: "It was never about the money."
Simon Cowell reportedly landed the former Mis-Teeq star after tempting her with £350,000, believed to be more than three times the £100,000 salary she earned as a judge on rival show Strictly.
But her manager Malcolm Blair is adamant that Dixon simply fancied a career change and wasn't tempted by the lucrative offer.
Blair explains: "It was never about the money. Alesha's had three incredible years on Strictly but there comes a time when you have to move on."
Meanwhile, music mogul Cowell is thrilled with the new addition to the panel of his popular talent series.
He says: "I love Alesha. She is feisty, opinionated and knows what it's like to be both a competitor and judge on a hugely popular TV show. This is going to be a brand new experience for her and I think she is going to bring a lot to the table. I'm really looking forward to working with her and hope we get the opportunity to find a star together."
Funnyman David Walliams and actress Amanda Holden will join Cowell and Dixon on the revamped Britain's Got Talent panel.
Suggested For You
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more