Darcey Bussell joins Strictly Come Dancing judging panel

Pirouetting onto the panel: Darcey Bussell joins Strictly
Pirouetting onto the panel: Darcey Bussell joins Strictly© BBC

Darcey Bussell has been confirmed as the new judge on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Taking over from Alesha Dixon, who left the role to join Britain’s Got Talent, the former Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet will join head judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli on the panel, when the hit show returns this autumn.

Darcey impressed when she was a guest judge on Strictly back in 2009 and can’t wait to sink her teeth into her new role on the show.

She said: “I had such a lovely experience in 2009 when I was a guest judge, that coming on board now feels very natural. Strictly combines quality dance and great entertainment, which is such a positive for everybody involved. I am very excited and really looking forward to being part of the Strictly team.”

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One added: “Strictly Come Dancing is a jewel in BBC One’s crown and I can think of no-one better to join our Strictly judging panel than Darcey, the UK’s queen of ballet.

Darcey has all the poise and glamour, along with the experience and credentials to deliver meaningful and insightful critiques of our couples’ performances. She’s a huge fan of the show and will be a fantastic addition to the Strictly family.”

Line-up rumours for Strictly 2012 have already begun with Eastenders stars Sid Owen and Charlie Brooks tipped to be putting on their dancing shoes.

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