Darcey Bussell will be tough Strictly judge

Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell

New judge Darcey Bussell intends to give the 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestants tough love in order to find the very best dancer.

Darcey Bussell wants to be a tough 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge.

The former prima ballerina will be difficult to impress when she begins her judging role on the BBC One ballroom dancing competition and is determined to be brutally honest with the contestants to get them to improve, unlike during her brief stint as a guest judge in 2009.

Darcey told Radio Times magazine: "It was odd when I came in last time because I was only brought in at the end, by which time the contestants were all very good. It would have been wrong to have been too critical at that point.

"Now that I am in from the start it will be very different. When you have been brought up in a world where everything you do is scrutinized and judged you have to develop a thick skin, which is what I am going to encourage the contestants to do.

"They have to learn to take in our comments and thrive on them. What I am looking for is spotting people with potential and being tough on them in order to bring it out of them. If they don't improve and get better week on week, then they're out as far as I'm concerned."

The 53-year-old Royal Ballet dancer joins regular judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood on the panel, and hopes she can bring some empathy to the role once filled by Alesha Dixon by drawing on her nerve-wracking performance at the Olympics Closing Ceremony.

Darcey explained: "It is something great for me to draw on for 'Strictly' because I can really empathise with the contestants - getting into the tiny costumes, waking up unable to move with every muscle in my body aching, being absolutely terrified before going on stage - those are all things I have now experienced."

The 'Strictly' line-up this year includes Olympic medalist Victoria Pendleton, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh and TV presenter Fern Britton. The new series kicks off with a launch show on Saturday (15.09.12) and the live shows begin on October 5.


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