'Overpaid' Len Goodman

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 September 2011
Len Goodman

Len Goodman

'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Len Goodman thinks he is ''overpaid'' for being a panellist on the BBC One show

'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Len Goodman admits he's "overpaid" for doing the show.

The 67-year-old professional ballroom dancer - who stars alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and 2007 winner Alesha Dixon on the panel - explained he gets "too much" money for judging celebrities on the BBC One programme.

When asked if it is true he receives around £90,000 per series for the show and £250,000 for 'Dancing with the Stars', he told the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "I get overpaid. I get potloads of money ... Too much isn't it?"

Len explained he is usually clueless as to who the contestants are on 'Strictly', but he admitted this year's celebrities - who include 'The One Show' presenter Alex Jones, McFly drummer Harry Judd, footballer Robbie Savage and astrologer Russell Grant - are more well known to him.

He added: "This is the first time I know more of the celebrities than those I don't know. Normally, because I don't watch 'EastEnders' or 'Holby City', I don't know who these people are."

Nancy Dell'Olio - the former lover of ex-England football manager Sven Goran Eriksson - is also set to star on the programme, and Len thinks the "feisty" contestant could clash with fellow judge Craig.

He explained: "She does look a piece of work doesn't she? I think she could be a feisty girl with a short fuse ... If Craig lets Nancy have it full-bore he could quite easily get a lashing from her tongue."

Among the other stars on the series are former 'Neighbours' actors Jason Donavan and Holly Valance, ex-'EastEnders' actress Anita Dobson and singer Lulu.

'Strictly Come Dancing' starts tonight (10.09.11) at 6.10pm on BBC One.

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