Arlene Phillips says no to return to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel

Arlene Phillips

So You Think You Can Dance star Arlene Phillips has seemingly ruled out a return to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel from her. Arlene was controversially replaced by popstar and former Strictly Come Dancing winner Alesha Dixon on the panel back in 2009.

The decision angered fans, with many wanting to see a return to Arlene following huge criticisms of Alesha's judging. Two years on however and Arlene says she never thinks about return to the BBC One reality show.

"I don’t ever think about going back," she told the Daily Express yesterday. "You wouldn’t believe how many times a day, every day that people ask me about ‘Strictly’. I get it on twitter, in the street, in interviews – it never stops.

“The most common response is definitely them wanting me back as a judge.”

Arlene, who now judges alongside Nigel Lythgoe on new BBC One dancing show So You Think You Can Dance added: “I was there right from the first pilot and I felt attached. But then I was cherry-picked out. But it happened, it’s part of my life and it made me part of who I am."

The 68-year-old added: “I’m fine now though and I’m busy. If anything it gave me lots of opportunities.”

So You Think You Can Dance continues next Saturday on BBC One with the live semi-finals.

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