So You Think You Can Dance: Arlene Phillips admits that she puts Strictly’s Alesha Dixon on mute!
The dance expert and talented choreographer was dropped from the BBC dance show in 2009 and replaced by the former ‘Mystique’ singer. The incident sparked a huge ageism row for the Beeb, though Arlene later joined Nigel Lyhtgoe on SYTYCD. Speaking about Alesha to The Sun’s Buzz magazine, Phillips said:
“I genuinely don’t want to talk about Alesha. I write my own Strictly column for The Sun so I have to concentrate on my own judging and expertise. Whenever Alesha starts judging, I have to put her on mute.”
Arlene also explained that the TV industry is something of a man’s world, admitting that she would like to have been as famous as X Factor boss Simon Cowell but was never afforded the right chances.
“I’d like to dominate the TV industry in the same way someone like Simon Cowell has, but I’ve found it’s very male-dominated.”
Arlene first met ‘Mr Nasty’ in the 70s when he shared offices with her management, she laughed:
“He has not changed a bit. He was always very opinionated and always thought he was right. He fancied himself, although I never fancied him – I preferred blondes! But I enjoyed his company, and still do. He’s always been a good friend. I don’t think he’s really looking to go off to America forever – but if he ever did leave the UK, I wouldn’t mind stepping into his shoes over here.”
So You Think You Can Dance returns on BBC One tomorrow night at 7.10pm.