Arlene Phillips: People want me back on Strictly

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 May 2011
Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips has revealed fans approach her in the street to tell her she should reprise her role as a judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Arlene Phillips says people are keen for her to reprise her judging role on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 68-year-old choreographer - who was an original panellist on the BBC One celebrity dancing show before being replaced by Alesha Dixon two years ago - claims although she doesn't think about returning to the series, many people tell her she should.

She said: "I don't ever think about going back. 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."

Despite her reluctance to return to the programme after being traded for 31-year-old Alesha, Arlene still sees it as an important part of her life and is thankful for the career opportunities it has presented her with.

She added to the Daily Express newspaper: "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.

"I'm fine now though and I'm busy. If anything it gave me lots of opportunities."

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