It can hardly have been the reaction she wanted. When it emerged that Alesha Dixon was defecting from Strictly to Britain's Got Talent, fans of the dancing show were pleased. To say the least. Had she simply lifted the glitter ball trophy, as she did alongside Matthew Cutler in 2007 and never returned, save to sit in the audience and clap her successors, it would have been very different.
Alesha was a greatly beloved winner of Strictly Come Dancing. She took to the floor with exuberance and determination, glowing after each outing, gently perspiring under the hot studio lights like a thoroughbred. She'd recently split from her husband, and so Alesha used Strictly as therapy. It was a potent back story on which to weld a genuine talent for Ballroom and Latin. And of course she's very pretty, Brucie referring to her as potentially the British Beyonce. Her win was wonderful. Utterly deserved.
And then she became a judge, often referring to a contestant's 'performance,' but rarely to their technical ability, to the way in which they had mastered, or perhaps mangled, the steps.
Because compared to Len, Bruno, Craig, and of course Arlene, she was virtually a beginner. A talented beginner, but not a choreographer. Not someone who could assess a dance on its own merits, and put it in perspective. Clearly, she could tell when something was good, but just how good, exactly? There were occasions when she was alone in awarding a 10 - when she thought she'd spotted a flawless performance and when none of the other judges agreed.
And so her victory as a contestant was tarnished, while her departure as a judge has been cheered. One Daily Mail reader commented on its website: "Great, I can watch Strictly again." While another said: "She had no constructive criticism to offer." Others were not so kind.
Now, she's taken the Cheryl Cole role, receiving a reported £350,000 to sit alongside Simon Cowell and watch dancing dogs. And, maybe, middle aged singing spinsters who are very fond of cats.
Thierry Henry is not returning to Arsenal to judge his former team, but to play in it. Arsene Wenger says it took only one training session to see that his former star striker still had what it took to grace the Premier League, although he can't be as fast as he once was. Then again, Theo Walcott has tremendous pace, but is not infrequently indifferent with the ball. Henry, a yard slower, is still the Gunners' leading scorer, and was recently honoured with a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.
But what if he can't take his performances in training and transfer them to the pitch? Arsenal fans have glorious memories of the Frenchman at his peak, a major part of the Invincibles side of 2003-4.
Deciding to add to a legendary sporting career is a bit like seeing a classic painting on a gallery wall, and not being able to resist adding a few extra brush strokes. A couple of new daubs of oil though can spoil, rather than enhance. And then a few more are needed to cover up the other fresh ones and, before long, the original is lost...
At Fulham on Monday, Arsenal fans were singing: "Thierry's coming home." So he is, subject to insurance being agreed with the New York Red Bulls, but knowing when to stop is sometimes the hardest decision of all.
David Jason - a bona fide national treasure - recently appeared in a new comedy called The Royal Bodyguard. To say the show was panned is putting it mildly. Del Boy, it wasn't.
One of David Jason's other stand-out roles was as Granville in Open All Hours, opposite Ronnie Barker's stuttering Arkwright. Barker retired to sell antiques in Chipping Norton. At the time, it seemed a bit of a waste. Surely there was so much more to come from the comedy legend who'd also brought us Fletcher in Porridge, and umpteen series of The Two Ronnies.
Now though, pondering the hammering Jason's new outing has got, perhaps Ronnie Barker made a very astute decision.