Strictly Come Dancing: Alesha Dixon defends Alexandra Burke over 'meltdown' claims

Mike P Williams

The drama over Strictly’s Alexandra Burke’s alleged ‘meltdown’ continues into the semi-finals.

This time it’s Alesha Dixon who has come to the defence the popstar competing in this year’s series.

Former-Strictly judge Alesha stands up for Alexandra. (Credit: REX)

The Strictly 2007 champ, who went on to replace Arlene Phillips in 2009 as one of the show’s judges, sprang to Alexandra’s aid after receiving a lot of criticism about how she was handling the pressures of the live shows.

Alesha, having experienced being both competitor and judge, said, ‘The Strictly bubble is real.’

‘It’s a rollercoaster of emotions – highs and lows, ups and down and when you come out the other end you’re so proud you went through it.’

Len Goodman and Alesha Dixon for the season 8 premiere of Strictly. (Credit: REX)

Speaking during an event where she was named the NatWest Rewarding Relationships Ambassador, Alesha, 39, expressed her concern and support for the X-Factor winner. ‘I hope she’s OK because she is such an accomplished performer – such a fantastic dancer.’

‘She will always be successful because she’s such a determined performer – the passion is written all over her face. You can see it.’

Debbie McGee has come out in support of fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestant Alexandra Burke, labelling stories that they have fallen out as “fiction”. (Credit: BBC)

Alexandra, 29, has taken quite a beating on social media and has made no efforts to hide her upset over how people have treated her. ‘Twitter seems to have given people permission to be incredibly hurtful,’ she said.

‘They don’t seem to realise that I have feelings and get upset. All I can do is carry on working hard, enjoy my time on that dance floor and fight for my place.’

After it was revealed that the singer was seen sobbing backstage after her latest bottom two dance-off to remain in the show, people on Twitter naturally went after her.

 But to prove she’s fighting on and not letting it get to her, Alex retweeted the following just today.

Recently, the star has kept her Twitter feed fairly positive and bubbly, thanking those sticking up for her. indeed, many have deemed her treatment as harsh, considering she’s not actually done anything wrong.

Alex joins Mollie King, Joe McFadden, Debbie McGee, and Gemma Atkinson for this week’s semis.

Catch the Strictly semi-finals this Saturday, 6:45, on BBC One.

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