THE arrival of Alesha Dixon on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel has failed to attract more youngsters to the show. In another blow to the BBCs celebrity dance show, figures reveal it has lost a lot of its under-16 viewers to ITV rival The X Factor. Just 24.8 per cent of children watching TV on a Saturday night were tuned into BBC1 for the first five episodes of this years Strictly. The share of 16- to 34- year-olds watching Strictly also dropped from 27.5 per cent to 25.2 per cent, while The X Factor saw an increase of more than two per cent. The BBC had hoped to draw in a younger audience to this years show by replacing former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips, 66, with Dixon, 31, the shows 2007 winner. But the corporation was accused of discriminat- ing against older women by axing Phillips. Hundreds of viewers also complained about Dixons performance as a judge, saying she was inexperienced. Meanwhile, the shows presenter Bruce Forsyth has been forced to make a U-turn for saying the nation should have a sense of humour after dancer Anton Du Beke, 43, said his actress partner Laila Rouass, 38, looked like a Paki when she had a spray tan. Today Forsyth, 81, said: The use of racially offensive language is never either funny or acceptable. Amy Winehouse, 26, will appear on Strictly tomorrow as backing singer to goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, 13, despite rumours that she was in rehab. London Lite Friday, 9 October 2009 3 Inbrief Jubileeclosures gointonewyear WEEKEND shutdowns on the Jubilee line are expected to continue into next year. The 500m upgrade will hit passengers going to The O2 and Wembley Arena. Tube Lines wants six more closures but it is likely that others will follow. Drivers on the line also threatened to boycott sessions on how to use new signalling equipment over safety concerns. Hacker loses extradition plea BRITISH computer hacker Gary McKinnon was today refused permission to appeal to the US Supreme Court against extradition to America on charges of breaking into the Pentagons military networks. The High Court, which has turned down his extradition challenges, decided against the plea by McKinnon, 43, from Wood Green, who has Aspergers Syndrome. R&B star Jay tops US charts LONDON-BORN R&B star Jay Sean has become the first British male urban artist to top the US Billboard 100. His single Down features rapper Lil Wayne. Sean, 28, from Hounslow, quit his medicine degree in 2003 to try for stardom, and his single has scored 1.5million downloads. He said: Its incredible to have reached number one with my first release in America. Six accused of 5m ticket scam SIX people from London, Surrey and Essex have been charged over an alleged 5million online ticket scam. Victims of the Xclusive Tickets Ltd firms included the parents of double Olympic swimming champion Rebecca Adlington, who were heading to the Beijing Games. Tickets for music festivals and football matches were also affected. Alesha factor fails to pull in youngviewers ItsMelonwheels! SHE may be one of Britains richest women but Mel B turned up to a top London hotel dressed like a lumberjack and riding a bike. Sporting a red checked shirt, tatty blue jeans and trainers, the former Scary Spice, 34, looked a world away from her usual glitzy self when she arrived at The Dorchester in Mayfair with husband Stephen Belafonte, 34. The pair arrived on matching blue fold-up BMX bikes after completing three laps around Hyde Park. Passers-by said Mr Belafonte had problems keeping up with his super-fit wife during certain parts of their bike ride. It looks as though all that gym work for Mels new modelling contract with lingerie line Ultimo has paid off. BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN BBClosesunder-16storivalXFactor Complaints: fans criticised Alesha Dixon as the new judge London Lite factorAlesha 2 become 1: Mel trails hubby Stephen LONDON EYE: PAGE EIGHT Pedal power: Mel B rolls up to The Dorchester index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html