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Legendary choreographer Arlene Phillips says she had to find herself again after finding out she'd lost her Strictly role when Radio 5 Live called her for comment.
The theatre director and former dancer, who was on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel from 2005-2009, said she questioned everything after losing the role.
Speaking to Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time, Phillips also said the entertainment business has highs and lows that are not understood.
She said: “I think there’s a very large lack of understanding of what it's like to be in entertainment. Everybody loves you.
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“You’re heralded, you can do no wrong. You’re asked to do all kinds of things that you probably know nothing about simply because you're in entertainment. Then suddenly with one fell swoop, when you’re removed from a certain role, it's like that.”
Phillips, who is only the second choreographer to be made a Dame, spoke of how she brought herself back from losing her role on the hit BBC dance show.
“What you lose is the belief in yourself. You question every little thing you’ve ever done, ever said. And then... I started comparing myself, what did I miss out on?” she continued.
“Gradually you realise it’s just a job and you just step forward and step out of that mirror and go to the next one. The feeling of failing is an awful feeling and I spend my life trying to build confidence in people.
“It’s so important. It's the best thing that you can give a child, it’s the best thing you can give to human beings. To be able to just feel confident no matter what happens, is like the gift of life.”
The pair talked about how they supported each other through their own situations on Strictly arena tours shortly after the birth of Thornton’s baby.
“It was really interesting watching you go through that whole pregnancy and then motherhood, your relationship. You were actually going through a lot of stuff in the time that we spent together, I realise that now. In my own time I'd gone through a lot of stuff,” Phillips said to the host.
She added: “They talk about people being cancelled today. It’s hard. Not because you have lost that job or because you’re not wanted for the job.
“That isn’t what's hard. It's the way suddenly you're elbowed out of the way like you’re nobody. You think, well who was I? What happened to that person?
“Am I still that person because I'm not made to feel like I’m the same person. It takes a lot of strength to build up.
“You supported me to find myself, to find who I am.
“Because suddenly when everybody suddenly ignores you, and it happens in a second, it’s like ‘oh well who was I and where will I find I’m still that bouncy person’?”
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