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Len Goodman: 'I thought Darcey would be too posh for Strictly'

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Strictly's head judge Len Goodman has revealed he had reservations about Darcey Bussell joining the panel because he thought she was "too posh".

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has revealed that he was concerned about Darcey Bussell joining the show – because he thought that she would be too posh.

The former prima ballerina, 47, signed up full time alongside Len, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli in 2012, after a stint as a guest judge.

Len told Good Morning Britain: “I was so worried when Darcey was going to be one of the judges. I thought she was going to be all posh, la de da.”

The 72-year-old added: “And yet she’s the most charming, lovely person.”

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Len has admitted he initially thought Darcey would be "too posh" for the Strictly panel

Len spoke as the last Strictly contestants – Danny Mac, Louise Redknapp and Ore Oduba – rehearse three routines which they hope will land them the prestigious Glitterball trophy this weekend.

They will perform their favourite dance of the series, the judges’ choice and a spectacular showdance in a bid to win the viewers’ votes.

The chief judge, who will bow out in the final but will appear in the pre-recorded Christmas special, is reported to be putting on his dancing shoes for Saturday’s show.

The BBC have not yet confirmed who will take Len's place on the judging panel next year, but many have predicted Brendan Cole or Anton Du Beke could follow in Len's footsteps.

This year's series of Strictly Come Dancing has proved hugely successful, pulling in almost 5 million more viewers than rival talent show The X Factor.

Highlights of the series included former shadow chancellor Ed Balls and his show-stopping Salsa to Psy's hit Gangnam Style.

Earlier today it was announced that Ed Balls had been crowned the 'most fancied' Strictly contestant after extensive research into the emojis used on social media.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Final will air on December 17 at 6.40pm on BBC1.