Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Darcey Bussell wants to be a more ‘hands on’ judge – thinks Louis Smith could win

by Lisa McGarry


Darcey Bussell has admitted that there has been a lot she hasn’t been able to say and do on Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The prima ballerina replaced Alesha Dixon on the panel of the BBC show when Alesha Dixon defected to ITV ad Britain’s Got Talent earlier in the year. So far she’s proved very popular with her fellow judges, contestants and viewers of the show but the 43 year old has confessed that there is so much more she wanted to bring to the role.

She’s had decades of dance experience herself and would love to give more in depth and personal advice, but she has to be so ‘quick and sharp’ for the cameras that she often finds there just isn’t the time.

Darcey told OK:

‘There is so much I can say from my own experience.’

‘But it’s being able to get it out quick and sharp. I would do it in a much friendlier, hands-on sort of way, so it’s very odd sitting behind a desk.’

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Bussell has loved the experience though and is expected to return to Strictly next year. She is said to have won favour with producers for her constructive and honest critiques each week but she revealed that she found the whole thing very ‘daunting’ at first.

‘It’s very daunting. I’ve been on stage and done lots of live shows, but I’ve never had to open my mouth,’ she said.

She previously admitted that while she tries to be constructive with her remarks, she knows she can be low with her marking and told The Radio Times:


“I try to be constructive. I’ve got Craig next to me so I don’t need to be vicious. He is rubbing off on me, but I suppose my marking is a bit low and that’s where I’m a bit mean.”

She thinks bookies favourite Louis Smith may take the crown during this week’s final and added:

“Louis is very talented and has potential but there is so much talent.”

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Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!