A little known choreographer is reportedly the front-runner to replace Alesha Dixon on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel.

Karen Bruce is being lined up by show bosses to step into Dixon's shoes as a judge after she quit in favour of Britain's Got Talent.

Bruce is behind the Take That musical and has previously worked on Strictly and So You Think You Can Dance. The Sun reports that she has impressed with two screen tests, however her lack of fame may put producers off hiring her for the role.

A source told the newspaper: "Karen has really impressed bosses. She is gutsy and ballsy and not afraid to give her opinion or say what she thinks - which is just what Strictly needs. She also comes with an expert knowledge of dance.

"Alesha had a high profile but she never had that detailed knowledge. But the major concern is that Karen is far from a household name - and this could still get in the way of her getting the job."

The rest of the judging panel is made up of Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.