Alesha Dixon on her brand new children's book, Girls Rule

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17 Aug 2021, 09:30

Alesha Dixon. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Alesha Dixon. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The singer, author and TV presenter joined the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky to talk about creating something inspiring and relatable with her new book. She also chatted about her bond with Amanda Holden, and about next year’s return of Britain’s Got Talent.

Girls Rule, which is a story of sisterhood and strong girls, comes out this Thursday (19th August) and is available for pre-order now. Alesha told Gaby Roslin and Sam Pinkham, who are in this week for Chris, “Basically, the story is about two young girls, Pearl and Izzy, who end up living together because their parents, who were childhood sweethearts, fall in love. This all happens at 10 Downing Street because Pearl’s mummy, Patrice, becomes the UK’s first black female Prime Minister. 

“I thought it’d be really, really cool to have something historical in the book, and inspiring, but something really relatable that most people can understand: blended families, dysfunctional families, and how you navigate through that. Basically the girls are unhappy about their parents being together. They try and do everything to sabotage their relationship, which can potentially cost Patrice her spot at Downing Street, but eventually the girls work together and they realise that their parents are better together. So, it’s a very lovely story.”

The 42-year-old told Sam and Gaby that her aim with Girls Rule was to create something inspirational but also relatable. “I always want to write a story that feels inspiring, that people can visualise something that’s not happened in the world so far. Therefore a black female Prime Minister would be something new and incredible and historical, but then also just, as I said, really relatable,” she said.

“I grew up in a dysfunctional family. I’ve had step-brothers and sisters, and you become a family and you have to make it work, and the dynamics of that I think so many of us can relate to. So yeah, I like my girls to read things that are inspiring, and characters that are strong, that can help them visualise things for their own future as well.”

Alesha explained to Sam and Gaby how she and Amanda Holden made a pact to be positive female role models when they were placed on the panel of hit TV show Britain’s Got Talent. “Amanda and I actually hooked up before the first day of Britain’s Got Talent filming, ten years ago, and we said, ‘We’re going to form a pact and a bond and make sure that we set an example for our girls, and not allow the media to pit us against one another’. That was so important, and we’ve been really good friends ever since.”

Alesha, who last month released her first single in five years, entitled War, said that Britain’s Got Talent will be back on our screens in 2022. “We’re back in January for auditions. So excited!” she enthused. “Obviously, all of us were devastated that the show was cancelled this year. And I think it’ll probably be one of the best shows we’ve ever made, because the enthusiasm and energy and excitement of being back will be through the roof.” 

She added, “I think everyone’s missing it and I think it will be really, really welcomed back next year.”

Speaking further about BGT, Alesha told Sam and Gaby, “It’s the best job in the world. We’re so lucky. And the four of us, plus Ant and Dec, we’re like, ‘We are the TV dysfunctional family!’ And we’ve just been in this together for so long now, there’s that comfort, and we’ve got banter with one another, and the chemistry, which is hard to find and have it consistently last, but we’ve been very lucky on that show.”

Girls Rule is out on Thursday 19th August. 

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