Darcey Bussell - Darcey Bussell Replaces Dixon On Strictly Come Dancing25 April 2012
Darcey Bussell Replaces Dixon On Strictly Come Dancing
Bussell - a former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet who has guest judged on the show before - will replace the outgoing Alesha Dixon, who was poached by Simon Cowell for his Itv programme 'Britain's Got Talent'. In a statement, the dancer said, "I had such a lovely experience in 2009 when I was a guest judge, that coming on board now feels very natural.Strictly combines quality dance and great entertainment, which is such a positive for everybody involved. I am very excited and really looking forward to being part of the Strictly team". Bbc One controller Danny Cohen said, "Darcey has all the poise and glamour, along with the experience and credentials, to deliver meaningful and insightful critiques of our couples' performances". Bussell joined the Royal Ballet in 1998, performing as a guest artist with leading international companies, including the New York City Ballet - she was awarded the Cbe in 2006.
Simon Cowell has admitted to poaching Alesha Dixon based "70-30 on the fact she was on Strictly and the fact I like her", according to the UK's Sun newspaper.
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