Upset Strictly fans lodge complaints over Alesha signing

Monday July 13, 2009

The BBC has defended its decision to replace Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips with Alesha Dixon after their message boards were swamped with complaints from fans.

Over 300 messages were posted following the announcement of the news on Fiday.

In the postings followers of the programme described bosses as "sexist" for replacing the only woman judge.

They also said they were unhappy with former Strictly winner Alesha's lack of professional dance experience.

In a statement on their webite, the BBC said the pop singer had been brought in to "add a new voice to the judging panel" and provide "an insight into what the dancers go through".

"We are very grateful for Arlene's six years on the show and are delighted she will be remaining close to the family with her new role as The One Show's resident Strictly expert."



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