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Dixon praises "talented" Cher Lloyd

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Strictly Come Dancing judge, Alesha Dixon

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Alesha Dixon has revealed that she is a fan of X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd.

The singer, who rapped as part of girlband Mis-Teeq, said that she is pleased a female artist is bringing rap into mainstream music.

"I think she is really talented It's brilliant they have someone on the show who is rapping as well as singing," she told the Daily Record.

"I mean, that's what's going on in the music business.

"I actually met her recently and I told her to stick to doing what she loves and be true to herself. I hope she does really well."

Dixon, whose latest album The Entertainer landed at number 84 in the chart, insisted that she is pleased she took a risk with her sound.

"It's up-tempo club music. I'm trying to avoid slushy ballads," she said. "Even though it's honest and talks about real subjects, it's driven by hard beats."

The star is due to film a music video in Miami next week for her forthcoming single 'Every Little Part Of Me'.

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