Strictly's Darcey Bussell for head judge? BBC calls reports 'speculation'

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

Reports have suggested the former prima ballerina, 47, will be promoted to the chief position after Len Goodman, 72, leaves, while the broadcaster hires a new 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 when the judges are tied.

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"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 all efforts are focused on making this weekend's final - in which Len bows out - a spectacular show.

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

Strictly Come Dancing judges (Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA Images)
The Strictly Come Dancing judges (Kieron McCarron/BBC/PA)

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

Len, whose final appearance will be on the pre-recorded Christmas Day special, has been head judge since the show started in 2004.

The final - featuring Louise Redknapp, Danny Mac and Ore Oduba - will be broadcast on Saturday at 6.40pm on BBC One.