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Liza Minnelli to replace Alesha Dixon on SCD?

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Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 16:22 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London (ANI): Cabaret legend Liza Minnelli is reportedly lined up to replace Alesha Dixon on dancing talent show 'Strictly Come Dancing". However, the 63-year-old star has to first get her knee replaced. Producers are holding talks to discuss the future of Alesha, 31, a former winner of the competition.

“After such a hoo-ha getting Alesha in for Arlene in the first place, it would be embarrassing to get rid of her so soon," the Mirror quoted a source as saying. “But Alesha has divided public opinion – and that of the panel. Whilst head judge Len Goodman likes her, there are concerns she did not appeal to the younger viewers she was brought in to attract."

“Alesha got off to a very shaky start but did improve. Despite this, her future is believed to be hanging by a thread. Liza has international appeal and real star billing. She is a singer and dancer, and Hollywood through and through. Her experience in the showbiz industry would be a real coup – plus she has the personality to match," added the source.

Liza is currently recovering from replacement knee surgery and is expected to miss this weekend"s Grammys. It would take her two to three months to recover and then she would be fit to take part in the BBC1 show. “Another option is to create a five-person panel – or even get Liza involved in an 'advisory role", like Brian Friedman on the X Factor," added the insider.

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