Arlene Phillips quicksteps back onto Strictly judging panel

Monday October 5, 2009

Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips will once again be seen giving contestants her sharp-tongued observations.

The 66-year-old - who was dropped from the BBC programme amid accusations of ageism - will rejoin one-time colleagues Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood for the show's live tour.

The panel will not include singer and former Strictly winner Alesha Dixon, whose performance on the current series and lack of dancing experience has been criticised by viewers.

Her management said she was asked, but will be recording a new album in America.

"It's certainly not the case that she's been snubbed," said a spokesman.

Meanwhile Arlene is said to be raring "to get stuck in again".

"Despite all she's been through at the hands of the producers her love for the show is still strong and she jumped at the chance of being involved once again," said a source close to the dance professional.

Photo: © BBC

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