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Friday, August 26, 2016

Could Arlene Really Return?

Arlene Phillips left Strictly in 2009, after producers replaced her with former champion Alesha Dixon. The decision was very controversial, and was met with much disdain by Strictly fans who felt Dixon was not qualified. After two series she was replaced by Darcey Bussell.

Now rumours are swirling that Arlene could be reinstated to replace Len Goodman next year. A source told The Sun“Producers have a limited pool to pick from for Len’s replacement and they know that Arlene would be a shock to the audience but they would love it. This time her age actually works in her favour as part of the BBC’s new diversity and gender targets. Pro dancer Anton du Beke is still the favourite but bosses love him being a dance mentor to the older women celebs and don’t want to lose him.”

I was quite upset when Arlene was dismissed, but is she right to replace Len? For me, Anton's strength is his ballroom background. He knows the technical aspects of the dances being performed and would give the panel credibility.

We've all noticed that Len's interest in footwork and rules has waned as the show has become bigger and glitzier, and non 10-dance styles have been added into the competition. Is it so necessary to have a ballroom technician any more?

Arlene is a very performance-orientated judge, although she's certainly no slouch when it comes to technique. You can't get to her position in life without knowing what you're doing.

I guess we'll find out what the BBC thinks in about 11 months...


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