Alexandra Burke calls Sunday Brunch's Tim Lovejoy a "cheeky bugger" after Strictly Come Dancing dig

Alexandra Burke kicked off today’s Sunday Brunch by calling out host Tim Lovejoy after he made a slight dig at last year’s Strictly Come Dancing line-up.

With this week marking the beginning of the new Strictly contestant announcements, Tim Lovejoy took the opportunity to make a bit of a tongue-in-cheek dig at Alexandra and his co-host Simon Rimmer by going on about how much better this year’s line-up is looking.

“This week, Strictly was announced – the contestants, they’ve started being announced,” Tim began the show today (August 19).

“They’ve clearly got a new celebrity booker because they’ve upped… they’ve raised the bar of the contestants. They were really digging around in the bottom of the barrel last year.”

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And it’s safe to say Alexandra wasn’t best pleased with that particular comment.

“Oh, you cheeky bugger,” she said to Tim, before adding: “Si, shall we just leave?”

“You can,” Simon replied. “I can’t!”

Thankfully, it was all in good fun and Alexandra seems happy enough to stick around and enjoy the chat and the food for the rest of the show – for now, at least.

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Both Alexandra and Simon took part in Strictly last year, alongside the likes of Ruth Langsford, Jonnie Peacock and eventual winner Joe McFadden.

Charity campaigner Katie Piper was announced as the first celebrity of the 2018 series on Monday (August 13), and was later joined by the announcements of Ashley Roberts, Faye Tozer, Seann Walsh, Dr Ranj Singh and many more.

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As for next year’s series (yes, already), Tim attempted to recruit Years & Years’ Olly Alexander to the show, and the singer said he’d take part on the show if he was allowed a same-sex partner.

“I’d want a guy partner,” he said. “I need a man to spin me around.”

Well Olly, it looks like Kevin Clifton could be your man on that front.

Sunday Brunch airs on Channel 4, while Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this autumn.

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