Len Goodman: I thought Darcey would be too posh for Strictly

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has revealed that he was concerned about Darcey Bussell joining the show - because he thought that she would be too posh.

The former prima ballerina, 47, signed up full time alongside Len, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli in 2012, after a stint as a guest judge.

Len told Good Morning Britain: "I was so worried when Darcey was going to be one of the judges. I thought she was going to be all posh, la de da."

Darcey Bussell
Darcey Bussell (Ian West/PA)

The 72-year-old added: "And yet she's the most charming, lovely person."

Len spoke as the last Strictly contestants - Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Ore Oduba - rehearse three routines which they hope will land them the glitterball trophy this weekend.

The chief judge, who will bow out in the final but will appear in the pre-recorded Christmas special, is reported to be putting on his dancing shoes for Saturday's show.