Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips has thanked fans of the show for campaigning for her return to the BBC series.

The Press Association says there is now a vacant seat on the judging panel following the departure of Alesha Dixon for Britain's Got Talent.

Phillips wrote: "Gosh twitter followers and friends. I am overwhelmed by your incredible tweets campaigns and Facebook messages. So much love and thanks."

However, former Strictly Come Dancing professional and champion Karen Hardy is the bookies' favourite to become the new judge.