Former contestant sticks up for fired judge

Rachel Stevens has spoken out about Arlene Phillips‘ axe from Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer, 31, was runner-up on the BBC show last year.

‘I think it’s really bad they have got rid of Arlene,’ she tells the Daily Star.

‘She brought loads of experience to the show and knew what she was talking about.’

was replaced on the judging panel by Alesha Dixon, 30.  

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in September.

 Arlene Phillips


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