• Annabel Langley

    Our charity trip to Lapland last week was already pretty exciting, but then we decided to throw our favourite songstress into the mix. Here’s what Alesha Dixon got up to in the Arctic…

    If you hadn’t heard, singer, TV personality and mother-of-one, Alesha Dixon, joined us on a special charity trip to Lapland last week. With it being the home of reindeers, log cabins and plenty of snow, Santa’s homeland was the perfect spot for Alesha to shoot the video for her charity Christmas single, People Need Love.

    The song supports the Family Holiday Association, a charity that helps struggling families spend quality time together, and which Alesha is ambassador of. You can watch the video below.

    Earlier this week, we also caught up with the bubbly star to get the lowdown on her Christmas plans and hopes for 2016. Here’s what she had to say…

    First things first, how was Lapland?

    It was freezing, but breathtaking. You hear so much about Lapland, and I’ve always wondered what it was actually like – we had a brilliant laugh.

    What was the most memorable moment for you?

    The whole trip was memorable. Spending time with the kids, visiting the ice hotel and just hanging out with our crew, it was great. Singing the video in the freezing cold was a bit of a challenge, but the whole team worked together and everyone was there to make it the best video it could be.

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    Is there a message behind People Need Love?

    If you listen to the lyrics, it’s all about the things that are really important in life, like friends, family and creating memories. There are so many trials and tribulations that everybody goes through. The most important thing is to love each other and to remember that life is a gift. It really complements the message behind the Family Holiday Association.

    What can we expect from your new album, Do It For Love?

    It’s a real feel-good album, very positive and up tempo. Some people might find it reminiscent of my days in Mis-Teeq. It’s a bit of an album of 2 halves – the second half is more personal and emotional. There’s a song I wrote for my daughter, Azura, and one about depression.

    Back at home, how do you usually spend Christmas?

    I always spend it with my family, doing all the traditional things. I put my Christmas tree up this week, so I’m really feeling in the Christmas spirit now – and Lapland helped with that, too. My little brother comes round and cooks for us, and it’s just about hanging out together. It’s nice to come together and relax a bit.

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    What’s your favourite part of Christmas dinner?

    It has to be the roast potatoes and parsnips.

    What presents are on your wish list this year?

    Apparently, I’m quite a difficult person to buy for, but I always say you can’t go wrong with perfume or candles – basically just nice, girly things. I really like personal gifts with a bit of thought behind them.

    If you could fly anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

    Jamaica. My dad’s Jamaican and I love it out there – the food is incredible.

    What’s your favourite type of holiday – relaxed or full of activities?

    I like a bit of both. I love the beach and relaxing, but I can only do that for a bit before I get itchy feet. Plus, it’s hard to do now with a 2-year-old.

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    How do you keep busy on a long flight?

    My experience of travelling has changed dramatically since I became a mum. I used to kick back with a glass of wine and watch back-to-back films, but now I try to keep my daughter calm and happy.

    Do you have any packing tips for Lapland?

    If you think you’ve packed enough, you haven’t. So just keep going – more layers and more thermals.

    Where do you fancy shooting your next single?

    I’d love to film in Cuba – it’s got a great vibe.

    And finally, any exciting plans for 2016?

    I’ll be kicking off with filming Britain’s Got Talent. I’ve also got a clothing range coming out with Little Black Dress in February, which I’ve designed with one of my best friends. And hopefully some live shows as well, so I can get back on the stage.

    People Need Love (Ash Howe remix) is available on iTunes now, and proceeds will be donated to the Family Holiday Association. Find out more about the trip here. And if you fancy booking your own trip, have a look at our Lapland holidays.

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