Who will replace Strictly judge Len Goodman? Darcey Bussell backs Anton Du Beke


Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has backed Anton Du Beke to fill Goodman's soon-to-be vacant seat.

She said the job should go to a professional dancer, rather than a former contestant.

A picture of Strictly judge Darcey Bussell on a red carpet
Darcey Bussell (Ian West/PA)

According to the Daily Mirror, former Royal Ballet principal dancer Darcey told a forum in London: "I think Anton would love it. He has done a lot on television already.

"And he is a great technician with everything he has to give as well."

Anton will turn 50 next week. He and Brendan Cole, 40, are the only two remaining original Strictly Come Dancing professionals, having starred in the show since it launched in 2004.

Anton du Beke: could he replace Len Goodman? (Ian West/PA)
Anton du Beke: Could he replace Len Goodman? (Ian West/PA)

Darcey, 47, said following in Goodman's footsteps will be "very difficult" because he has a "great personality".

But she added: "There are many professional ballroom and Latin dancers who could fill that space."

Katie Derham on Strictly
Anton dances with celebrity partner Katie Derham (Guy Levy/BBC)