Age vs beauty: The reality TV game
Will 'Strictly Come Dancing' really ditch an expert for younger, prettier model?
Sunday 21 June 2009
Alesha Dixon, 30
Also known as: The British Beyonce, according to Strictly host Bruce Forsyth
Dancing skills: Dixon learnt street dancing as a child.
Contribution to pop: As part of the girl group Mis-Teeq, gave the world seminal works such as "Scandalous" and "One Night Stand".
Education: Had a place at Loughborough University, but gave it up to be a star.
Big break: Was approached by a record producer on a train. Note to kids: don't try this at home.
The face of: JD Sports, Ford Focus, Veet and the Department of Health's safe sex campaign.
World records: In May she broke the Guinness World Record for performing with the most choreographed backing dancers: 329.
Mountains climbed: Kilimanjaro for Comic Relief earlier this year.
Heartbreak: In 2006 Dixon and her husband, MC Harvey from So Solid Crew, separated after he had an affair with the singer Javine Hilton.
Sex appeal: Dixon dancing in a little swishy skirt was the only reason any straight men watched Strictly.
Arlene Phillips, 66
Also known as: She who must be obeyed.
Dancing skills: Began ballet classes at three. Has choreographed some of the most successful West End shows.
Contribution to pop: Choreographed the Seventies and Eighties dance sensations Hot Gossip.
Education: Phillips is a leader, not a follower: in the early 1980s her two LPs, KISS (the Keep in Shape System), entered the UK album chart.
Big break: After moving to London, she was asked to choreograph a commercial for Lyon's Maid ice-cream.
The face of: The British Empire – was made an OBE in 2001 for getting the nation dancing
World records: Not officially, but is probably planning one involving young male dancers and their bottoms.
Mountains climbed: Not literally, but she did choreograph The Sound of Music in 2006, starring Connie Fisher.
Heartbreak: Yes, but mostly as the cause rather than the recipient among her young dance students
Marital status: Arlene and her husband, 49-year-old Angus Ion have been together for more than 20 years.
Sex appeal: For the sort of person who has finally accepted it's no longer OK to have a crush on Margaret Thatcher.
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