Darcy Bussell to be new Strictly judge

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Ballerina Darcy Bussell is to become the new judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing', replacing Alesha Dixon on the panel.

Darcy Bussell is to be the new judge on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 42-year-old dancer - who was once the Royal Ballet's principal dancer - will replace Alesha Dixon on the panel of the BBC One show after agreeing a £100,000 deal.

Bosses were keen to get Darcy - who beat of competition from professional dancers Karen Hardy and Karen Bruce - as they thought she would be the best candidate and had to persuade her to temporarily quit her adopted home of Sydney, Australia.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Darcey is a living legend as far as dancing is concerned - and she is just perfect for 'Strictly'.

"She took some convincing as it means uprooting and being in cold, wet and windy England for four months instead of sunny Sydney. But she said the 'Strictly' job is probably the one thing that would bring her back. We're delighted to have her on board."

Darcy - who appeared on the judging panel during the final stages three years ago - will now sit alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Alesha quit the show in January after signing a £300,000 deal to be a judge on 'Britain's Got Talent'.

'Strictly Come Dancing' - which is hosted by Sir Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly - will return to TV screens in September.

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