Strictly Come Dancing: Arlene Phillips calls for all-women judges

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, who was replaced by Alesha Dixon in 2009, reckons it’s time for women to take control of the BBC1 dancing contest, and would like to see four female judges.

“There should be more women everywhere in my opinion,” says Arlene. “But let’s start with four women on the Strictly panel.”

Choreographer Arlene, 70, also said she thinks Sir Bruce Forsyth will be missed on Strictly.

“Bruce had it all because he could sing, he could dance and he was comedy. I think he will be surprisingly missed,” she said.

Asked who could fill his shoes, she added: “I don’t know. Those are big dancing shoes to put somebody in, aren’t they? Who’s going to go tap, tap, tapping across that floor?”

Then Arlene revealed that she thinks two female presenters could take over from Bruce.

“It would depend on who the two women were, but why not two women?” Arlene added.

– Press Association