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Arlene back on her feet for TV awards

TV dance guru Arlene Phillips returns to the dancefloor for a one-night-only performance after years as one of TV's toughest judges when she struts her stuff at the National Television Awards tonight.

She show she can do more than just talk the talk as she shows off her fancy footwork with finalists from her BBC1 show So You Think You Can Dance.

The performance will be one of the highlights as Britain's top TV shows battle it out for the honours at the 15th staging of the awards.

Ant and Dec are hoping to be among the big winners with three nominations at the showpiece bash at the O2 Arena in London.

Axed

However, they can only win two titles as they face themselves in one category, with Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! competing for best entertainment programme.

The category also includes Big Brother, which is being axed this year and The Paul O'Grady Show, which the host emotionally quit last month.

Three Davids -- A Touch Of Frost star David Jason, David Tennant, who regenerated into Matt Smith in Doctor Who on New Year's Day, and Shameless actor David Threlfall -- take on Philip Glenister of Ashes To Ashes in the drama performance nominations list.

In the talent show category, The X Factor takes on Britain's Got Talent, Dancing On Ice and Strictly Come Dancing, from which Arlene Phillips was axed last year, sparking an ageism row.

But the veteran choreographer, 66, will show she is far from past it by performing an "electrifying" routine to Christina Aguilera's hit Ain't No Other Man.

The awards, hosted by Dermot O'Leary on ITV1 from 7.30pm, will also feature Dublin's X Factor twins John and Edward Grimes and the talent show's winner, Joe McElderry.

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