Alesha Anjanette Dixon (born 7 October 1978) is an English singer, MC, songwriter and television personality. After finding fame in the all-girl trio Mis-Teeq, she is expected to release her debut solo album in 2008 after the initial UK release of the album Fired Up was cancelled. Fired Up was released in Japan in February 2008 under Victor Records. Alesha was crowned Strictly Come Dancing Champion in December 2007, beating Matt Di Angelo.Alesha is one of seven children born to an English mother and Jamaican father. She is the only child of both her parents – she has two half brothers on her mother’s side and one half sister, and three half brothers on her father’s side. She was educated at Monks Walk school, Welwyn Garden City, Herts and had planned to become a PE teacher after leaving college. After completing a diploma course she had planned to take up a place at Loughborough University when she was approached on a train by a record producer, who asked her if she could sing. She then decided to put her degree on hold.