05/01/2012 10:14 GMT

Miranda Hart Rumoured To Replace Alesha Dixon On Strictly Come Dancing

Comedy star Miranda Hart has emerged as an unlikely replacement for Alesha Dixon on Strictly Come Dancing.

The comedienne, a self-professed fan of the dancing competition, has been tipped to become a new judge after the former Mis-Teeq star defected to Britain's Got Talent.

A TV source tells the Daily Mail: "(The current selection of contenders are) all so obvious. The producers want someone really startling.

"Miranda is seen as a brilliant left-field choice. She totally loves the show and is incredibly popular with the viewing public.

"We think she could bring something completely different to the panel because of her wit, instead of just being some glamorous dolly bird."

A number of female contenders are said to be in the running to join Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood on the panel - Zoe Ball, Kara Tointon, Nicole Scherzinger and Karen Hardy have all been put forward for the job.