London Lite Tuesday, 22 September 2009 15 BBC chief: Im Strictly against X Factor clash BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Viewersmade achoice...and theychoseITV MEANWHILE ALESHAS WORDS OF DANCE WISDOM ARE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT THE CHAIRMAN of the BBC Trust today hit out at the decision to put Strictly Come Dancing up against The X Factor in the ratings war. Sir Michael Lyons said the celeb- rity dance programme had lost view- ers by broadcasting at the same time as the ITV talent show. Reacting to the scheduling row -- which saw Strictly moved from its Saturday early evening slot to compete directly with The X Factor, Sir Michael said the BBC should be focusing on the quality and impact of its pro- grammes, not just audience share. He added: Viewers were asked to make a choice and that choice didnt go in favour of the BBC. Sir Michael revealed the row had been discussed with BBC director- general Mark Thompson who satisfied trustees it was not easy to avoid a rat- ings clash between the two shows. The X Factor, which ran from 8pm to 9.15pm on Saturday, hit a peak audience of 10.7 million compared with a peak of 8.7 million for Strictly, which aired between 7.25pm and 9.05pm. Sir Michaels comments came as the BBC revealed nearly 300 people had complained about Alesha Dixons debut as a judge on Strictly. This brought the number of com- plaints to 4,107 since it was announced the 30-year-old would replace Arlene Phillips, 66. Fans have used online forums to moan about Dixon, saying her comments were banal and that she had nothing to offer. The singer, who won Strictly in 2007, has defended herself but admitted she was wounded by the backlash. She said: Im the only judge who understands what the celebrities are going through. AS THE debate continues over Alesha Dixons performance on Strictly Come Dancings judging panel, here are some of her comments from her debut show. To actress Lynda Bellingham: One word. Fierce. To boxer Joe Calzaghe: Was you smelling her hair at one point? I thought he was smelling her hair. To actress Ali Bastian: One of the most beautiful dancers Ive ever seen. Your lines are beautiful. Youre just so beautiful to watch. To ex tennis star Martina Hingis: You need to work on your arms more. They were a bit flyaway. To actor Ricky Groves: Hes wearing pink. He should get points for wearing pink. I love a man in pink. To TV presenter Rav Wilding: There was some hip action going on there... But there was some weird arms going on that was a bit odd. Judgment day: Alesha Dixon Inbrief Murder mum is jailed 33 years A MOTHER convicted of stabbing her two teenage daughters to death has been jailed for life at Cambridge Crown Court. Rekha Kumari-Baker, 41, must serve a minimum 33 years. Her ex-husband, David Baker, said in a victim impact statement: I am haunted by the horror of that night. We have all had sex with 2.8m AN ONLINE check that tells people how many indirect sexual partners they have had is being launched by Lloydspharmacy tomorrow. The calculator is based on the Sex Degrees of Separation formula of research, which reveals the average adult has slept indirectly with 2.8m people. Wildlife star: Let the pandas die A TV conservationist has called for the giant panda to be left to become extinct. BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham said the endangered species was not strong enough to survive and it would be better if nature took its course. He said: We should pull the plug. Let them go, with a degree of dignity.