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Alesha Dixon ‘landed a six-figure deal to join Australia’s Got Talent over Amanda Holden’

‘She had meetings but they couldn’t make it work’: Alesha Dixon ‘landed a six-figure deal to join the Australia’s Got Talent judging panel after plans to sign Amanda Holden fell through’

Alesha Dixon has reportedly scored a six-figure deal to become a judge on Australia’s Got Talent after plans to sign Amanda Holden fell through.

Sources claimed the Heart Radio presenter, 50, turned the opportunity down in order to continue with projects in the UK – so producers then turned to Alesha, 42, instead. 

An inside source told The Sun: ‘Amanda was the first choice for Australia’s Got Talent and she had a series of meetings but logistically she just could not make it work.

Thanks! Alesha Dixon (right) has reportedly scored a six-figure deal to become a judge on Australia’s Got Talent after plans to sign Amanda Holden (left) fell through

They continued: ‘Her ­daughters are in school here so even if she didn’t have work ­commitments, it would have been difficult to be away from them.

‘Although Alesha wasn’t who they wanted originally, she has secured a lucrative contract and it’s a good deal which will really heighten her career Down Under.’

Amanda and Alesha have been judges on Britain’s Got Talent together for the past nine years after Alesha joined the panel in 2012. 

While this year’s series of the talent show was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic, Amanda has kept busy with her family commitments, her job hosting the Heart Radio Breakfast show, and an upcoming series on Channel 4. 

MailOnline have contacted representatives for Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Australia’s Got Talent for comment.   

Co-workers: The pair have been judges on Britain's Got Talent together for the past nine years after Alesha joined the panel in 2012

Co-workers: The pair have been judges on Britain’s Got Talent together for the past nine years after Alesha joined the panel in 2012

It comes after the line-up for Australia’s Got Talent judging panel for 2021 was announced on Sunday.

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris and UK pop star Alesha Dixon will join an all-star panel of Australian artists including Kate Ritchie and Shane Jacobson.

‘To say I’m a fan of the AGT franchise is an understatement. I’ve been watching since the very first season,’ Neil said.

New judes: Neil Patrick Harris and Alesha Dixon (pictured) are announced as new judges on Australia's Got Talent - joining Kate Ritchie and Shane Jacobson in revamped line-up for 2021

New judes: Neil Patrick Harris and Alesha Dixon (pictured) are announced as new judges on Australia’s Got Talent – joining Kate Ritchie and Shane Jacobson in revamped line-up for 2021

‘Australia has phenomenal talent across so many disciplines, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join AGT in 2021 to see firsthand what the country’s awesome contestants have to offer,’ he added.

Meanwhile, Alesha is a seasoned talent show judge, having appeared on the British’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent.

She said: ‘I’m super excited to be joining the panel at AGT. I can’t wait to see what talent Australia has to give and I’m really looking forward to working with my fellow judges.’

Coming soon: Neil is expected to arrive in Australia soon along with husband David Burtka and their two children as filming for the new series is expected to begin at the end of the month

Coming soon: Neil is expected to arrive in Australia soon along with husband David Burtka and their two children as filming for the new series is expected to begin at the end of the month

Filming for the new series will begin at the end of the month, with production set to take place at the Star Event Centre in Sydney from June 30 to July 6.

Neil is expected to arrive in Australia soon along with his husband David Burtka and their two children.

Meanwhile, former Australian Idol star Ricki-Lee Coulter will be returning to the show as host.

Stepping back into position: Shane Jacobson (pictured) starred on the 2019 season of AGT alongside Lucy Durack, Nicole Scherzinger and Manu Feildel

Stepping back into position: Shane Jacobson (pictured) starred on the 2019 season of AGT alongside Lucy Durack, Nicole Scherzinger and Manu Feildel

Back to TV: Kate Ritchie's (pictured) new role on AGT marks her return to TV after an eight-year break to focus on her radio career

Back to TV: Kate Ritchie’s (pictured) new role on AGT marks her return to TV after an eight-year break to focus on her radio career

Shane starred on the 2019 season of AGT alongside Lucy Durack, Nicole Scherzinger and Manu Feildel.

Kate is best known for playing Sally Fletcher on Channel Seven’s Home and Away from 1987 to 2007.

Her new role on AGT marks Kate’s return to TV after an eight-year break to focus on her radio career.

Exciting! Meanwhile, former Australian Idol star Ricki-Lee Coulter (pictured) will be returning to the show as host

Exciting! Meanwhile, former Australian Idol star Ricki-Lee Coulter (pictured) will be returning to the show as host

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