Strictly’s Arlene: ‘I preferred Alesha’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has said she prefers last year’s winner Alesha Dixon, as the current stars gear up for Saturday’s final.

The judge went on to blast S Club 7 star Rachel Stevens, saying she was not a “bubbly, bouncy girl”, unlike Alesha, according to The Sun.

But she did admit that Rachel was just as good a dancer.

Arlene also slated bookies’ favourite, Holby City actor Tom Chambers, describing his over-acting as “off-putting”.

She said: “What’s odd about Tom is, one would think, because he’s an actor, he would know how to portray a dance.

“But we can see him acting the role and that’s off-putting.”

But the tough-talking judge was nice about model and TV presenter Lisa Snowdon, saying she had improved the most and was the most likeable.

But she confessed she had wanted ex-rugby star Austin Healey to win.

Meanwhile, head judge Len Goodman has given his opinion on the last three contestants, who will go head-to-head on BBC1 on Saturday night.

He told GMTV: “Rachel is equally at home with ballroom and latin and Lisa’s ballroom is fantastic, maybe her latin’s just slightly weaker.”

And he described Tom as “the housewives’ choice.”

He added: “There’s no clear winner, it’s just going to be fantastic!”

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