02/01/2012 15:37 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Alesha Dixon Quits Strictly Come Dancing

She waltzed her way through three series, but Alesha Dixon has revealed she's hanging up her dancing shoes and leaving Strictly Come Dancing.

 Alesha Dixon quits Strictly Come Dancing Alesha Dixon has announced she is leaving Strictly Come Dancing. Photo: PA

The singer, who won the show as a contestant with her dance partner Matthew Cutler in 2005, has said she is moving on to new ventures in 2012.

In a statement she said: "After three incredible years on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel I have decided that it is time to move on.

"Strictly Come Dancing will always hold a special place in my heart as it has been such an amazing experience, both as a winning competitor and as a judge.

"I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the show, the production team, my fellow judges, and a very special thank you to the fans for their support.

"Music is my great passion and the reason for the other incredible opportunities that have come my way and I am looking forward to getting back into the studio and focusing on making a new record in 2012."

Alesha joined the show in 2009 when she replaced veteran Strictly judge Arlene Phillips - a move that caused some controversy at the time, with the BBC being accused of 'ageism'.

The company has wished her luck and says it will announce the new line-up "in due course".