She is best known today as a TV talent show judge, having presided over Strictly Come Dancing and now Britain’s Got Talent.
Alesha got her start in showbiz through her music career however, first in girl band Mis-Teeq and then as a solo artist.
Their first album went platinum, while single ‘All I Want’ went to no. In 2004 they were beginning to build up a fanbase in the States, touring and doing the rounds of chat shows.
However their record label went bankrupt, and in 2005 the group split.
The singer has hit back at the negative press, insisting she will bring more to the table than former judge Arlene Phillips ever did, thanks to her turn as a contestant on the show.
Speaking to The Mirror yesterday, Alesha maintained: ‘I am not a quitter.
The former Wimbledon champion had her game, set and match on Saturday night’s show after panel judge Len Goodman made the final choice to give Hingis the boot.
The two pairs at the bottom of the voting ladder were Hingis and her partner Matthew Cutler, and Crimewatch presenter Rav Wilding and his partner Aliona Vilani, and both were forced to dance again to keep their spot in the competition. ‘It was a great experience, I learned so much,’ said the tennis star. Maybe I will come back for a few more lessons to London.’ Hingis and the BBC took criticism for joining the Strictly celebrity line-up as the tennis player is currently banned from playing professional tennis for cocaine abuse.
She is also a successful entrepreneur with her own clothing line, and is looking to expand her brand even further as an actress and author.
Alesha has been a judge on Britain’s Got Talent since 2012.
However her win on Strictly Come Dancing served to revitalise Alesha’s music career.
Single ‘The Boy Does Nothing’ sold 1 million copies worldwide while 2008 album ‘The Alesha Show’ went platinum, and she toured the UK as a solo act.
Alesha was then asked back to Strictly, this time as a judge.