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Strictly Tutus – Alesha Dixon & guest judge Jennifer Grey

I was amazed to see a new guest judge on Strictly Come Dancing this weekend – Dirty Dancing superstar Jennifer Grey.

She has previously competed on Dancing with the Stars in the US and won the series. Does this qualify her to perform as a guest judge on the UK version of the show? Her situation is similar to Alesha Dixon; (gratuitously pictured here in a lovely pink & white tutu!) competing in Strictly Come Dancing then taking over a judge role from renowned choreographer Arlene Phillips.

The most amazing part of the show for me was seeing how Jennifer Grey now looks. It’s been nearly 25 years since the release of Dirty Dancing; in fact, one of the professional dancers on the BBC show, Ola Jordan, became a dancer because she watched Dirty Dancing as a youngster. Yet Ms Grey still looks exactly the same! Well, not exactly the same, thanks to a little nose surgery, but age-wise she’s hardly aged at all. I want the name of her make-up artist… Or surgeon… Whichever.

Although I thought it was a massive incidence of cheating when Jennifer competed on Dancing with the Stars, having already proved she can dance perfectly well in the film, she insists that she is not a professional dancer and finds it difficult to remember sequences and steps, she’s just been lucky to have been taught by the best professionals in the business; the sadly departed Patrick Swayze and US dance star Derek Hough. Hmm. So with the training of such dance royalty maybe she is qualified to judge on the show.

Besides, its only for one night and everyone’s watching X-Factor anyway.

Here’s a few pics of everyone’s favourite scene from Dirty Dancing: