Arlene Phillips replaced by Stavros Flatley on Strictly Come Dancing

Funny story written by Roy Turse

Thursday, 18 June 2009

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The BBC has refused to confirm press reports that Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips is to be replaced by father and son dance duo Stavros Flatley.

Stavros Flatley were a massive hit on ITV's Britain's Got Talent show a few weeks ago, and were runners up in the final. Although their style of dance is very different from the ballroom dance styles on the programme, the BBC is thought to be looking for a popular crowd-pleasing replacement for Phillips.

Arlene Phillips, the 66-year-old choreographer who was responsible for 1970s dance troupe Hot Gossip, has not commented. However, it is thought that the BBC may be attempting to widen the show's audience and attract younger viewers.

Bruce Forsythe who hosts the show claims he has no knowledge of the possible change. "If Arlene is going, it's news to me," he said, "but whoever is on the judging panel will need to take it seriously - the contestants expect and deserve it."

Craig Revel Horwood was dismissive of the idea that Stavros Flatley would be joining the show. "They are a comedy Greek/Irish dancing crossover duo!" he said, "But there will only be one chair free if Arlene goes."

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