Len Goodman wants Strictly boost

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 April 2010
Len Goodman

Len Goodman

Len Goodman wants the BBC to increase the budget for 'Strictly Come Dancing' in order to win the war of ratings with ITV

Len Goodman urges the BBC to increase the 'Strictly Come Dancing' budget.

The 66-year-old judge - who also appears as a panellist on the US version of the reality show, 'Dancing with the Stars' - claims BBC bosses put more money into the UK show if they are to win the ratings battle with ITV's 'The X Factor'.

He said: "The US set is amazing. Some weeks the professionals come down out of the sky in a cradle with smoke and steam. They're showing us how it's done when it's a British show."

The professional ballroom dancer admitted however that he understood the BBC would be criticised for wasting money which has been funded through the taxpayer's license fee.

Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli, 54 - who also stars on the US show - also argued that the BBC needs to follow in the footsteps of its American counterpart.

He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "'Dancing with the Stars' is like a theatre show. The reaction you get from a thousand people is different from 200. ITV put so much money into 'The X Factor', their production values are incredible."

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