Sunday 17 December 2017

Darcey Bussell 'not lined up' as Strictly head judge after Len Goodman exit

The BBC has denied that Darcey Bussell is intended to be promoted to chief judge after Len Goodman leaves
The BBC has denied that Darcey Bussell is intended to be promoted to chief judge after Len Goodman leaves

The BBC has dismissed reports that Darcey Bussell is being lined up as Strictly Come Dancing's new head judge.

Reports have suggested that the former prima ballerina, 47, will be promoted to the chief position after Len Goodman, 72, leaves, while the broadcaster also hires a fourth judge.

A source was quoted as telling The Sun that the other judges - Bruno Tonioli, 46, and Craig Revel Horwood, 51 - did not want the job - which comes with the power to decide who to save from the chop if the judges are tied.

"Bruno and Craig have both made it clear they're not looking for a promotion - and Darcey is extremely well thought of," a source told the newspaper.

"They'll be more than happy to work with her and won't kick up a fuss."

But a BBC spokesman said: "Anything regarding any future judging line-ups is pure speculation."

He said that all efforts were on making this weekend's final - in which Goodman bows out - a spectacular show.

"We are currently focussing on making Len's last series the best yet," he said.

After a stint as guest judge, Bussell signed up to Strictly full-time in 2012, when Alesha Dixon quit for Britain's Got Talent.

Goodman, whose final appearance will be on the pre-recorded Christmas Day special, has been head judge since Strictly began in 2004.

The final - featuring Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac and Ore Oduba - will be broadcast on Saturday at 6:40pm on BBC One.

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