Alesha Dixon has ditched her spot on Strictly Come Dancing for a new role as a Britain’s Got Talent judge and now we understand why, as she will reportedly make around £350,000 from the new job. Talk about a New Year’s pay rise!

The 33-year-old is said to be taking home more than three times her estimated £100,000 BBC salary, but her manager Malcolm Blair has denied that she moved for money.

Alesha will be joining an unlikely panel consisting of comedian David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell who has returned to the show to boost ratings.

Looks like Alesha Dixon is set to be Cowell’s 2012 pet project.