Arlene Phillips is still fuming over her Strictly Come Dancing axe

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Arlene Phillips is still unhappy with Strictly Come Dancing over her axe from the show.

The dance expert was cut from the panel in 2009, replaced by Alesha Dixon, and wasn't impressed by the way it all went down.


And speaking this week, Arlene confessed she still had a bone to pick with show bosses.

I just wish to hell that they (The BBC) had talked to me and I hadn’t found out from a radio programme and newspapers," she told Attitude magazine.

Arlene added: “I constantly blamed myself for not doing enough but I’m tired blaming myself because I don’t think I’m any less worthy of a place on that panel than anyone who is there now.”

There were some rumours Arlene would be back on Strictly this year to replace Len Goodman but the job instead went to Shirley Ballas.

And she's got the backing of fellow judge Darcey Bussell, who replaced Alesha on the panel in 2012.

"I don’t know Shirley Ballas but I am very excited to meet her and I am very supportive that there is another lady on the panel," Darcey said this week.

She told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I don’t think there was anything wrong with the dynamic before but it would be very nice to have another lady alongside me and I feel very lucky.”


Darcey added: “She will be a great addition to the panel - very much indeed - she’s a great champion"

The new series of Strictly will air on BBC One in the autumn.

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