Len Goodman is a 'bit bossy' on Strictly Come Dancing

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 October 2016
Len Goodman

Len Goodman

Darcey Bussell believes Len Goodman is a "bit bossy" on 'Strictly Come Dancing', although she "admires" her colleague and will be sad to see him leave after this series

Len Goodman has been a "bit bossy" on 'Strictly Come Dancing', according to Darcy Bussell.

The 47-year-old professional dancer - who is currently on her fifth series as a judge on the popular BBC One programme - has admitted she "admires" the 72-year-old head judge, although he can be a "bit bossy", a trait which she puts down to his age.

Speaking about her fellow panellists on 'The Jonathan Ross Show' on Saturday (08.10.16), the former ballerina said: "It's his age and a bit bossy but he is Head Judge. But what I admire the most is obviously his skill; he was judging way before this show even started."

And the beauty has admitted Len likes to remind his colleagues how talented he was on the dance floor, prior to taking a seat as a critique on the show.

She said: "He [Len] was a great [dancer] and he always tells me he was really good at the lifts ... He does get the best room in Blackpool.

"He is the Head Judge so all his knowledge on his ballroom and latin skills is fabulous."

And Len, who is set to leave 'Strictly Come Dancing' after this season, will be dearly missed.

Speaking about Len's forthcoming departure, she said: "This is his last series, I still don't believe he's going to leave but yes he has announced it but maybe we could have Judge Rinder if he wins maybe. If you're going to be head judge you've got to be the expert."

And Darcy has admitted she "has a lot of fun" with Craig Revel Horwood, who has built up a reputation of being the harshest critique on the channel.

She said: "Craig isn't as mean as he comes across. He's horrible (on the show) and I have to beat him up on that and he doesn't like being mean but he carries it off very well. He says I'm rubbing off on him and he sometimes gives a higher mark than he should."

Whilst Italian choreographer Bruno Tolioni, 60, makes her "feel old", despite being three years her senior.

Speaking about the enthusiastic television personality, she said: "His energy levels are higher than high. I feel rather old next to him actually it's amazing, he's so passionate about the show and all that exuberance just comes out naturally and that's what he is like. He's only calm when he's smoking backstage."

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