Strictly winner Louis Smith would love to return as a judge
17 April 2019 - 2:00 PM

Strictly winner Louis Smith would love to return as a judge

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Louis Smith would "definitely consider" replacing Dame Darcey Bussell on "Strictly Come Dancing".

The former Olympic gymnast - who won the BBC's celebrity ballroom competition in 2012 - is up for joining the panel, but admits he probably needs more credibility before he could judge other people on their skills.

Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, he said: "Oh yeah, I'd definitely consider it. However, I'd probably leave it a year to get a bit more credible.

"I've learned quite a lot in the dancing world in terms of technique and stuff, but I feel like if I was going to go on and start critiquing people I'd definitely have to learn more about the craft and discipline of all the different styles of dance.

"Because I don't want to go on and be "that guy"."

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While he'd be interested in stepping up, Louis - who turns 30 on Monday (22.04.19) - insisted pro dancer Anton du Beke would be a "fantastic" choice, and heaped praise on the star.

He added: "I'd definitely consider it, but I feel like there are more suitable options. I'd love to see Anton make the move across, I think it'd be a fantastic switch.

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"I mean, he's a very likeable guy, he's a gentleman, he's charming, he's funny - and obviously very knowledgeable in the dancing world. So I think that it'd be a natural progression for him."

Louis admits Darcey's departure is a big gap for show bosses to fill, but he has backed the producers to find the right person to fill the role.

Reflecting on the judge - who joined as a permanent member of the panel the same year he won the show - he said: "Darcey was amazing. She was absolutely brilliant - lovely lady, such class. It was nice to have a different approach from the judging element.

"Bruno [Tonioli] and Craig [Revel Horwood], as amazing as they are, they bring a very theatrical role to the whole thing.

"I think Darcey Bussell has amazing credentials, so it was a pleasure to meet her, a pleasure to be judged by her. I wish her all in the best in what she does next."

Louis was talking after taking part in a new campaign from Huawei and the RSPCA, which is promoting the use of the Huawei P30 Pro phone to increase photo quality and help more animals get adopted.

The dog-loving star - who filmed mini documentary "The Unadoptables" for the campaign - said: "When I take pictures of my dog, you can see all the little individual strands of hair, it recognises when you're pointing it at a dog or a cat. The technology is insane! I think it's just common sense that it's going to improve these animals" chances of being adopted."

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