[[Alesha Dixon]] is a bit of a riddle for me. I bang on about how brilliant she was in Scandalous when she was with Mis Teeq, but she’s associated with Strictly Come Dancing, which is a big time reality TV show. For me, this taints her with the kind of overexposure which normally turns me right off a celebrity.
I think it was for that reason that I thoroughly disliked Breathe Slow, a single which was spectacularly bland. And, most unusually for a pop star, I don’t find her remotely attractive. She’s clearly a pretty girl, but – and ask my wife how unusual this is – she does absolutely nothing for me.
But get this: out comes Let’s Get Excited, the third single from her album, The Alesha Show and suddenly I’m impressed again. It’s a pop music redemption! Hallelujah!
You know what I like best about it? That harshness that Dixon’s voice carries quite naturally. And when she spits out lines like “So do the Madonna hey/Do it the Madonna way”, the brilliance of the delivery is what hits me. Funnily enough, although this doesn’t bust any musical boundaries, Let’s Get Excited is still a great pop track: It’s been stuck in my head for days, finally replacing [[Lady GaGa]]’s “bluffin’ with my muffin“.
This is the Alesha Dixon that I like.