Arlene Phillips make her return as a BBC dance judge tonight as eight celebrity acts battle it out in the final of BBC1’s 'Let’s Dance For Sport Relief'.
The choreographer will cast her eye over finalists such as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards and Fatima Whitbread as she joins the panel for the climax of the fundraising series.
The performers, chosen by judges and viewers, have won their way through from four weeks of heats to claim a place in the finale.
They include Rowland Rivron recreating Hollywood star Christopher Walken’s dance from the 'Weapon Of Choice' video by Fatboy Slim. EastEnders actresses Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett will recreate Lady GaGa’s 'Telephone' promo.
Phillips, 68, was famously dropped from Strictly in 2009, which led to an ageism row. She was replaced by Alesha Dixon who has now defected to ITV1’s 'Britain’s Got Talent', prompting speculation that Phillips may consider a return to the BBC show.
She takes her place on the Let’s Dance panel alongside Frank Skinner and Rhod Gilbert.
Phillips said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the panel.”
The finalists (and the songs to which they will dance) are:
:: Terry Alderton – 'Proud Mary', Tina Turner
:: Tameka Empson and Laurie Brett – 'Telephone', Lady Gaga and Beyonce
:: Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards – Soul Bossa Nova, Quincy Jones (from Austin Powers)
:: Miles Jupp – 'Firestarter', Prodigy
:: Tyger Drew Honey and Dani Harmer – Fat Sam’s Grand Slam (from Bugsy Malone)
:: Omid Djalili – 'Fight The Power', Public Enemy
:: Rowland Rivron – 'Weapon Of Choice', Fatboy Slim
:: Fatima Whitbread and The Cuban Brothers – 'You Should Be Dancing', The Bee Gees