Alesha Dixon does not doubt her ability on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel

Alesha Dixonis a big fan of Cheryl Cole's and the two singers get on well. 

The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing are battling it out for Saturday night TV viewers but the two glamorous judges aren't the arch rivals the tabloids would like to believe.

'No one has a bad word to say about her. She carries herself with such class,' says Alesha.

'We're friends. If I wanted to ring her up tomorrow to see how she was, 
I could, or if I wanted to send her a message to say that I loved her video, I could.

'When you're a professional and you're mature, you don't get caught up in all the pettiness.

'Those things don't get me down. It doesn't affect how Cheryl and I feel about each other - we've got 
a lot of respect for each other.'

Alesha, 30, is standing firm in her role as the new judge on Strictly.

'If you don't believe in yourself, no one's ever going to believe in you,' she declares. 'I've never been over-confident, but I don't sit there and think: "Oh my God, I'm not good enough to 
do this." I know that I can do it.'

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See the full interview with Alesha Dixon in Now magazine dated 5 October 2009 - out now!

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