Arlene Phillips To Return To Strictly Panel?

Arlene Phillips might be waltzing her way back onto the Strictly Come Dancing panel after all.

The 68-year-old was given the diamante-studded boot back in 2009 when she was replaced with a younger model in the shape of Alesha Dixon. But Alesha is now leaving the Strictly family to join the panel for rival channel and weekend night TV competitor, Britain’s Got Talent.

Sources claim that the Phillips met with BBC controller of entertainment Mark Linsey recently to discuss whether getting her back for the next series would be too “tricky” for either party.

“The idea of her returning to Strictly was discussed,” The Sun quotes insiders as saying. “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. Her 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 that chapter should remain closed.”

But let’s face it, Phillips is not the only dancing queen in the running for a seat next to Bruno, Len and Craig. Former Strictly pro Karen Hardy is favourite to take Dixon’s place, but the likes of Miranda Hart, Kara Tointon, Nancy Dell’Olio and Russell Grant have also been touted for the role.