Arlene Phillips: I have no interest in going back to Strictly
Arlene Phillips claims she has "no interest" in returning to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel now Alesha Dixon has defected to rival ITV1 series 'Britain's Got Talent'
Arlene Phillips claims she has "no interest" in returning to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel.
The 68-year-old choreographer - who was axed from the BBC One show in 2009 and replaced by Alesha Dixon - admitted she doesn't "care" who fills the empty seat on the panel alongside Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood now Alesha has defected to rival ITV1 series 'Britain's Got Talent'.
Speaking as she launched the Your Personal Best campaign with GlaxoSmithKline and NHS London, Arlene exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I have always said I've moved on from 'Strictly' and nothing has changed.
"I don't even think about it, I think about the here and now. I don't drift and dream about other things, I'm a realist. I really have no interest in it. There's so much more in my life. I don't actually care who does the job."
However, this comes after it was claimed Arlene met with Mark Linsey, the BBC's Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, last week to discuss a possible return to the 'Strictly' panel.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "The idea of her returning to 'Strictly' was discussed. There is no offer on the table but Mark wanted to know where Arlene's head was on the whole thing. Neither were ruling anything in or out as it's a tricky one for both of them.
"Arlene's departure was not without bad feeling and controversy so you can understand her being cautious. Likewise the BBC axed her for a reason so it could be that chapter should remain closed."
Arlene Phillips is working with Len Goodman again and they have be reunited by the Your Personal Best campaign with GlaxoSmithKline and NHS London, with an aim to inspire people aged over 55 with long term health conditions to lead a more active lifestyle.
Visit www.yourpersonalbestcampaign.co.uk for more information.