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Alesha Dixon announces first pregnancy

Alesha Dixon is pregnant with her first child. A spokesman for Alesha confirmed the news. He said: "Alesha Dixon and her partner, Azuka Ononye, are delighted to announce that they are expecting their first child later this year.

"Alesha and Azuka are looking forward to this happy chapter in their lives and would request privacy to enjoy this happy and most important event."

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Arlene

I have no interest in going back to Strictly

Arlene Phillips claims she has "no interest" in returning to the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel.

The 68-year-old choreographer - who was axed from the BBC One show in 2009 and replaced by Alesha Dixon - admitted she doesn't "care" who fills the empty seat on the panel alongside Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Craig Revel Horwood now Alesha has defected to rival ITV1 series 'Britain's Got Talent'.

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Arlene

Waltz Arl this then?

Arlene Phillips is a step nearer returning as a Strictly Come Dancing judge after secret talks with BBC bosses. TV Biz can reveal that last week the 68-year-old dance queen met Mark Linsey, the Beeb's Controller Of Entertainment Commissioning.

They discussed a potential return to the hit BBC1 dance show, which has been left high and dry by judge Alesha Dixon's defection to Britain's Got Talent on ITV1.

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Arlene Phillips is Strictly keen on return

Arlene Phillips has hinted she will return to Strictly Come Dancing if she's offered her old judge's job back. Speaking for the first time since her replacement Alesha Dixon revealed she was leaving for Britain's Got Talent, the 68-year-old said: "The Strictly thing was just starting to die down.

"Having been asked about it every day for years, this Christmas and New Year I thought — heaven, it's ending a bit. Maybe there is another life for me. "Then this happened, and as soon as it did my phone hasn't stopped ringing.

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Strictly fans urge TV bosses to reinstate Arlene

Strictly Come Dancing fans have been calling for TV bosses to reinstate Arlene Phillips in her role as a judge, following Alesha Dixon’s shock departure to join BGT.

Arlene – who was axed in 2009 to make way for former Strictly winner, Alesha – has received a barrage of messages on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, and said she was “overwhelmed” by the support.

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Arlene overwhelmed by Strictly fans' support

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has said she has been "overwhelmed" by messages of support, as fans called for her to return to the show.

The BBC has a seat to fill after Alesha Dixon was poached by Simon Cowell to judge ITV1's Britain's Got Talent. Former Strictly professional and champion Karen Hardy, 41, a regular guest on BBC2 spin-off show It Takes Two, is being tipped as favourite to replace Alesha.

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Arlene Phillips and Alesha Dixon

Arlene back to replace Alesha on Strictly

It's been approximately five minutes since it was announced that Alesha Dixon was leaving Strictly - but William Hill are already offering odds on her replacement. And there are a few, er, surprising choices on there. Nany Dell'Olio, anyone?

Professional dancer Karen Hardy is the favourite to take a seat on the judging panel, with odds of 4/6 - which would probably please all the people who thought Alesha wasn't an experienced enough dancer to have a place on the panel but would be a bit boring to those of us who just want someone famous on there to talk about.

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Arlene's best foot forward

From Arlene Phillips, SJP and Russell Brand to Sienna Miller, Sophie Dahl, Gael Garcia Bernal, Ricky Gervais, Rachel Weisz, Simon Pegg, Sharleen Spiteri, Liam Gallagher, Helen Mirren, Colin Firth, Jamie-Lee Curtis and Grace Jones, Small Steps Project has gathered celebrity support from both sides of the pond culminating in a fundraising Celebrity Shoe Auction at The Royal Society of Medicine, at One Wimpole St, London on October 12th 2011 at 7pm.

Many of the celebrities will be appearing to show support for this unique charity and even auctioning their own shoes.

There will also be a live online Celebrity Shoe Auction, giving everyone the opportunity to bid on their favourite celebity’s shoes.

Small Steps is a humanitarian charity that delivers shoes, aid and medical care to children on rubbish dumps all over the world.

The charity will be premiering its latest documentary, filmed on the rubbish dumps of Nicaragua as well as screenings of the follow-up projects in Cambodia and an exhibition of the project’s most powerful photographs.

The resounding success of the first documentary filmed in Cambodia has been screened around the world. The development of the project and its founder, former celebrity reporter, Amy Hanson has featured regularly in The Guardian, Daily Mail, Grazia, The Metro, The Times and vogue.com

For more information contact, Hannah Hughes at info@smallstepsproject.org

To view all the celebrities who have donated their shoes visit: http://www.smallstepsproject.org/london-celebrity-shoe-auction/ and to view Arlene's shoe visit: http://www.smallstepsproject.org/shoedonors/2011/8/20/arlene-philips-giv...

UPDATED - To bid on Arlene's shoes visit: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110750040418?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid...

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Strictly no way back for Arlene

Strictly favourite Arlene Phillips will not be waltzing back to the show when head judge Len Goodman takes a break.

Beeb bosses have dashed the hopes of her fans who wanted to see the choreographer return to fill in for Len, who needs a week’s rest from doing both Strictly’s US version and the British series.

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Arlene would never go back to Strictly

Arlene Phillips was on feisty form at the UK premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem at the Royal Albert Hall this week.

She ran over and said: "Oh Dean, if you're going to ask me about Strictly Come Dancing then bog off. It's all I've had all night. I'm probably asked ten times a day if I'm going back to Strictly. I'm not. Never."

 

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