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It's Strictly hands off Bruno, warns Alesha

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon says she needs protection from fellow judge Bruno Tonioli's clawing hands -- because she fears he may cause a wardrobe malfunction.

The 32-year-old said the Italian -- known for his expressive gestures -- almost caused her breast to pop out during a live edition of the TV dance contest last year.

Dixon said: "With Bruno, this year I'm debating whether to take a helmet and a shield.

"Because last year I think a boob nearly fell out -- he pulled me a few times, he nearly pulled my hair out."

The singer turned dance judge -- who won Strictly in 2007 -- added: "He's brilliant, I wouldn't change him for the world. He's extrovert and flamboyant and we love him for it."

Dixon is hosting a new talent show, Alesha's Street Dance Stars, which begins on CBBC on Monday.

Groups of up to 12 young street dancers, aged between 10 and 16, compete to win a chance to perform at the Dance 2011 event at The Lowry in Salford on September 3.

Dixon said she could not bring herself to be a judge for the show -- because she did not want to be responsible for disappointing children.

Instead the show is being judged by street dancer Turbo and choreographer Kenrick Sandy, as well as So You Think You Can Dance finalist Lizzie Gough.

They will also receive mentoring from Perri Luc Kiely and Jordan Banjo of Britain's Got Talent-winning dance troupe Diversity.

Dixon said: "I didn't want to judge on this show. With Strictly we give an opinion to adults but the public makes the choice, whereas with this show, the judges decide who goes through. I just couldn't send home a 10-year-old."