With wild blonde hair and a goofy grin she came across as likeable but ditzy and had an accent so broad it made Eliza Doolittle sound like Joanna Lumley. Just 15 weeks ago, most of us had never even heard of the 23-year-old actress from the BBC drama Waterloo Road.
‘Oh I don’t know about that,’ she giggles as she tucks into sausages and mash washed down with a hot chocolate in the pub across the road from the West London dance studio where she has been rehearsing.
For the first time, You Gov has carried out a poll of those planning to vote on Saturday night to get a feel for how the race is panning out.
What would be a crowning glory on this series though is seeing Ore Oduba winning the Glitterball Trophy.
The trio disbanded in 2005 and Dixon pursued a music career as a solo artist, signing to Polydor Records.
She began recording her debut solo album, Fired Up, in 2006, but due to poor record sales of her first two singles, "Lipstick" and "Knockdown", she was dropped from Polydor.
In September 2009, Dixon became a judge on the seventh series of Strictly Come Dancing, replacing Arlene Phillips.