Personality more important than talent, says So You Think You Can Dance's Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips

Judge of So You Think You Can Dance Arlene Phillips has suggested that personality is far more important than talent when it comes to the show. The former Strictly judge told The Sun in an interview today being a brilliant dancer won't always help you in the competition.


"I want people who have a personality," Arlene told the newspaper. "You can watch brilliant dancers any day, but not those who are soulless."

She explained: "This year we have really gone for people who interest me. If they are dull or ordinary, forget it. We have some oddballs. We have got some hot boys and gorgeous girls. It is very different."

This year's series has already seen the top 20 finalists whittled down to just 18 in two live shows, and this week will see yet another two contestants get the chop. So what's Arlene's advice to the remaining hopefuls? Get a soul!

"They might as well be a machine if they have no soul," the 67-year-old explains. "If they can't tell a story it is meaningless."

Despite the comments however the dance expert did insist: "We have got a couple of phenomenal dancers in this series."

So You Think You Can Dance continues tonight at 6:45Pm on BBC One.

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