25/03/2012 16:12 BST | Updated 25/05/2012 10:12 BST

Britain's Got Talent's Alesha Dixon: 'Simon Cowell 'Got Off' On Stealing Me From Strictly'

Alesha Dixon is adamant she was not forced to leave Strictly Come Dancing by Simon Cowell - but she does think the media mogul "got off" on stealing her from the BBC for Britain's Got Talent.

The new Britain's Got Talent judge was asked how she felt about Simon deliberately poaching her to cause controversy.

She tells The Mirror: "I'm sure he got off on that. But I'm a 33-year-old woman who makes her own decisions. It makes it sound like he stole me and I had no choice. I'm not a puppet."

But Alesha does admit that her mum and nan urged her to accept the offer.

The pop star also reveals she is constantly being wound up by David Walliams, who has been trying to set her up with every male contestant that comes on stage - but she's getting on great with Amanda Holden.

She adds that she did not see Simon until the launch of the show and the cameras are constantly rolling, so there is no time for off-the-record chats.

Alesha says: "The only time you get a break is when you go to the toilet."


Britain's Got Talent 2012 - Episode 1