Will Alesha get Simon’s vote again



22:38 GMT, 8 March 2012

Much in demand: Alesha Dixon could be adding to her judge's role on BGT with a job on the X Factor

Much in demand: Alesha Dixon could be adding to her judge's role on BGT with a job on the X Factor

She’s the former Strictly Come Dancing golden girl poached by Simon Cowell to revive the fortunes of his struggling ITV series Britain’s Got Talent.

But Alesha Dixon, 33, could also end up in competition with her old show, because she’s become an unlikely addition to the shortlist to replace Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland as a judge on The X Factor.

Kelly was unpopular with producers because of her ‘diva-like behaviour’ and ratings were down by more than 3 million last year.

The hunt is on for a new star to sit alongside Tulisa Contostavlos, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh. But so far only Grammy award-winning London singer Estelle is being considered a realistic possibility.

Former judges Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole and Sharon Osbourne have been ruled out.

That’s left Cowell and ITV boss Peter Fincham facing the reality they may have to do a U-turn and invite Miss Rowland to return.

But one ‘shock option’ is to transfer Miss Dixon to The X Factor from BGT after just one series, putting her head-to-head with her as yet unknown replacement on the Strictly judging panel.

My source reveals: ‘It’s a possibility that Alesha will be asked to be an X Factor judge if her stint on Britain’s Got Talent is successful.

‘Simon originally wanted Alesha instead of Kelly to join the judging panel last year, but she backed out and decided to stay loyal to Strictly and the BBC.

‘In a way, Alesha’s better suited to The X Factor because she is in touch with popular music and has had hit singles, as a solo artist and a member of her old band Mis-Teeq.’

Steven Waddington plays 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller

One of the standout performers in ITV’s new big-budget drama Titanic is Steven Waddington (right) as brave second officer Charles Lightoller.

But he was nearly cast as Mr Bates in Julian Fellowes’s other major TV drama, Downton Abbey.

When the part eventually went to Brendan Coyle, Tudors star Steven was given the Titanic role as a more than decent consolation prize.

Though he tells me he hasn’t given up on his Downton dream.

Melissa George at the British Academy Film Awards 2012

Filming on major new BBC drama Nemesis was held up this week after its star Melissa George (right) was stuck on the Eurostar on her way back from Paris.

Melissa was in France to spend the weekend with her new beau Jean David, a member of the production team of The Artist, whom she met at the Baftas last month.

A source on set tells me: ‘The delay cost a lot of money, but it wasn’t Melissa’s fault. Everyone is glad she appears to be in love again.’

The Australian actress recently split with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.
Nemesis is a big-budget spy drama from the makers of Spooks, and is expected to be a highlight of the Beeb’s new drama line-up later this year.

IT might not quite be The Ed Sullivan Show that famously unleashed The Beatles on an unsuspecting American public in 1964.

But X Factor boyband One Direction have the most important TV date of their embryonic career on Monday when they perform on NBC’s influential Today Show.

My American TV source says: ‘This is a huge deal for them. Only the biggest pop acts, like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, perform on Today. The appearance is one day before the release of their album, so it could change their lives.’

John Barrowman

Torchwood star John Barrowman (right) has landed a starring a role in a major new drama being described as America’s answer to Downton Abbey.

Gilded Lilys is set in 1895 at New York’s first luxury hotel and Barrowman will play Julius Ashford Lily, a member of one of the city’s elite families.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother Blythe Danner also stars.

‘This is a big role for John,’ a source says. ‘If it is successful, it would mean spending most of the year filming in the States.’

Major network ABC is paying for a pilot episode as a direct reaction to the huge success of Downton, screened by rival PBS.