Darcey Bussell can't wait for Shirley Ballas to join Strictly
24 May 2017 - 9:00 AM

Darcey Bussell can't wait for Shirley Ballas to join Strictly

Darcey Bussell is thrilled there will be another female judge on the "Strictly Come Dancing" panel.

The 48-year-old former ballerina has been the only woman on the BBC One ballroom and latin show judging line-up since 2009 - when she took over from Arlene Phillips - and though she's never met Shirley Ballas before, she can't wait to have the 56-year-old dancing expert join the team as the replacement for Len Goodman.

She said: "I don't know Shirley Ballas but I am very excited to meet her and I am very supportive that there is another lady on the panel.

"I don't think there was anything wrong with the dynamic before but it would be very nice to have another lady alongside me and I feel very lucky."

Darcey says she and her fellow judges, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, will be meeting with the "Dancing With The Stars" panellist later this year to bond before "Strictly" hits screens again later this year.

Dame Darcey Bussell went 'stiff' after retirement

Dame Darcey Bussell went 'stiff' after retirement

12 January 2018 - 1:00 PM

Dame Darcey Bussell went 'stiff' after retirement

Darcey also said that she had no say in who would take over from Len, who announced he was walking away from the series last year after 12 years.

According to the Mirror Online, Darcey said of Shirley : "I will be meeting Shirley maybe in a couple of weeks. I know she is based in America.

Shirley Ballas 'bullied' in dance industry

Shirley Ballas 'bullied' in dance industry

10 January 2018 - 2:00 PM

Shirley Ballas 'bullied' in dance industry

"She will be a great addition to the panel - very much indeed - she's a great champion and her son is a great champion as well.

"So it's all in the family - all good. Did I have a say in the choice of judge? No."

On joining the show, Shirley previously said: I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity.

I can't wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel.

"Strictly" is so loved by the British public, I have always been a massive fan.

"I just can't wait!"

Stephen Mulhern to miss first Britain's Got Talent auditions due to illness
16 January 2018

Stephen Mulhern to miss first Britain's Got Talent auditions due to illness

Stephen Mulhern to miss first Britain's Got Talent auditions due to illness
Shane Richie is set to return to Benidorm
16 January 2018

Shane Richie is set to return to Benidorm

Shane Richie is set to return to Benidorm
Helen George opted for C-section after working on Call the Midwife
16 January 2018

Helen George opted for C-section after working on Call the Midwife

Helen George opted for C-section after working on Call the Midwife
'Soap Queen' Sharon Marshall is pregnant
16 January 2018

'Soap Queen' Sharon Marshall is pregnant

'Soap Queen' Sharon Marshall is pregnant
Vicky Pattison postpones wedding for 'year or two'
16 January 2018

Vicky Pattison postpones wedding for 'year or two'

Vicky Pattison postpones wedding for 'year or two'
Celebrity Big Brother rocked with double eviction
16 January 2018

Celebrity Big Brother rocked with double eviction

Celebrity Big Brother rocked with double eviction
The Apprentice's Michaela Wain and Harrison Jones are dating
16 January 2018

The Apprentice's Michaela Wain and Harrison Jones are dating

The Apprentice's Michaela Wain and Harrison Jones are dating
Vicky Pattison: The gym boosts my mental wellbeing
16 January 2018

Vicky Pattison: The gym boosts my mental wellbeing

Vicky Pattison: The gym boosts my mental wellbeing
Helen George is temporarily written out of Call the Midwife
16 January 2018

Helen George is temporarily written out of Call the Midwife

Helen George is temporarily written out of Call the Midwife
Aaron Chalmers to quit Geordie Shore?
16 January 2018

Aaron Chalmers to quit Geordie Shore?

Aaron Chalmers to quit Geordie Shore?
Lucy Fallon wants Corrie alter ego Bethany Platt to 'have more fun'
16 January 2018

Lucy Fallon wants Corrie alter ego Bethany Platt to 'have more fun'

Lucy Fallon wants Corrie alter ego Bethany Platt to 'have more fun'
Jacqueline Jossa was 'desperate' to shoot dramatic Queen Vic fall
16 January 2018

Jacqueline Jossa was 'desperate' to shoot dramatic Queen Vic fall

Jacqueline Jossa was 'desperate' to shoot dramatic Queen Vic fall