Strictly’s Alexandra Burke in blunder as she calls Shirley Ballas ‘Arlene’

The popstar appeared to confuse Shirley with former judge Arlene Phillips

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Strictly Come Dancing star Alexandra Burke has been mocked by viewers after thanking Arlene for her feedback while talking to Shirley Ballas.

The singer performed the Rumba to Beyonce’s Halo with professional partner Gorka Marquez but failed to impress the judges as much as she usually does.

Viewers were convinced Alexandra made a blunder (Credit: BBC)

“Well, I thought actually it had quite nice emotion,” head judge Shirley Ballas told Alexandra.

“So that part was taken care of.

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“When you danced your Cha Cha, you got over this brilliantly straight leg.

“You locked it, you moved your body weight over it… Today it looked a little bit like your feet were in front of your body.”

Shirley is not Arlene Phillips, contrary to claims (Credit: BBC)

But while Alexandra didn’t burst into tears as in previous weeks, viewers are convinced she made a colossal gaffe when replying.

“Thank you, thank you so much Arlene,” she appeared to reply to Shirley.

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Viewers were utterly convinced of what she said – and even Arlene Phillips herself got involved.

She tweeted a reply to a fan who asked if she was the only one who thought they were the same person: “No. I’m told that on an almost daily basis.”