Len Goodman: Kara Tointon would be great on Strictly

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 30 January 2012
Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman

Len Goodman and Arlene Phillips, together with GlaxoSmithKline and NHS London, aim to inspire people aged over 55 with long term health conditions to lead a more active lifestyle. Visit www.yourpersonalbestcampaign.co.uk for more information.

Len Goodman thinks Kara Tointon will be "great" on the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel if she takes over from former judge Alesha Dixon

Len Goodman thinks Kara Tointon would be "great" on the 'Strictly Come Dancing' judging panel.

The 67-year-old star - who is joined on the BBC One show by Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli - thinks the former 'Strictly' winner could bring a "different dynamic" to the series if she takes over from Alesha Dixon after she defected to rival ITV1 show 'Britain's Got Talent'.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I think she would be great. We've all got our roles to play and myself, Bruno and Craig have all got strong personalities and different fields of expertise. To get somebody who is an ex-competitor does bring a different dynamic to the thing.

"She's been through the process and knows what it takes to become a winner, as Alesha did. I'd be quite happy with her on the panel."

However, Len warned it could be a "potential problem" that Kara's boyfriend Artem Chingvintsev is a professional dancer on 'Strictly',.

Speaking as he launched the Your Personal Best campaign with GlaxoSmithKline and NHS London, he added: "That's a potential problem. They'd probably have to drop Artem in case people felt that Kara was being unfair or something.

"It would put her in a very awkward position if she was one of the judges and Artem was one of the professional dancers. People's perception of the show could change."

TV personalities Len Goodman and Arlene Phillips launch Your Personal Best, a national campaign developed and funded by GlaxoSmithKline, in association with NHS London to inspire people over 55 with long term health conditions to be more active. Visit www.yourpersonalbestcampaign.co.uk for more information.

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