Strictly Come Dancing to bring back a very familiar face to replace Len Goodman 5 years ago

Strictly Come Dancing to bring back a very familiar face to replace Len Goodman

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive as people have been trying to guess who will replace the 72-year-old judge.

Since Len announced his retirement, much to the sadness and disappointment of fans of the BBC1 show, there were two main candidates named as ready to take over.

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Reportedly, both dancers Brendan Cole and Anton du Beke were named as hot favourites to take Len's seat on the panel.

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However, new reports have emerged about the fourth judge that may dash both Brendan's and Anton's hopes entirely.

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According to The Sun, producers of the show are reportedly planning to bring back old-time favourite Arlene Phillips.

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Choreographer Arlene Phillips attends the 10th anniversary celebration of "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" at The Mirage Hotel & Casino on July 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)

Since being axed in 2009, which sparked furious debate over the BBC's attitudes towards sexism and ageism, Arlene has enjoyed considerable success, appearing on shows such as Loose Women and So You Think You Can Dance, however it was her appearance on Strictly that made her a household name.

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A source close to the show said

"Producers have a limited pool to pick from for Len’s replacement and they know that Arlene would be a  shock to the audience but they would love it.

"This time her age actually works in her favour as part of the BBC’s new diversity and gender targets."

Strictly Come Dancing fans weighed in with their opinions on Twitter - with many welcoming the idea of Arlene returning to the show.

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