Exclusive: Tess Daly backs new 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Darcey Bussell
Published Apr 26 2012, 15:29 BST | By Ryan Love Tess Daly
has given her backing to new Strictly Come Dancing
judge Darcey Bussell.
It was announced yesterday that the former Royal Ballet principal ballerina will join the BBC competition's judging panel
, replacing Alesha Dixon, who defected to Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent
earlier this year.
"I think she's certainly a credible judge, given that she is a professional dancer," Daly told Digital Spy
. "She's been at the top of the tree for years. She's a bit of a legend in the dance world.
"I think her credibility and expertise will lend itself really well to the panel. Let's just hope she can hold her own with the rest of them - and keep those boys in line. They need a firm hand!"> Darcey Bussell for 'Strictly': Your verdict?
Daly said that she is not worried by some viewers' concerns that Bussell is not the right choice to sit alongside Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
"She's been living in Australia, and I heard that she has been doing some TV work over there, so I think her confidence will have grown when it comes to talking on camera," she explained. "I think that that, with her expertise, could be a winning formula."
Recalling the news of Dixon's defection to ITV's Britain's Got Talent
, Daly said that the team had been "absolutely" shocked. She added: "None of us knew that she was about to leave."
With BGT currently enjoying a close ratings battle
with BBC One rival The Voice
UK, Daly advised the two shows to not "get caught up" in the figures.
"You've got to get on with it and just enjoy it," the presenter said. "If you get caught up in the ratings, then you've already lost really. It's about enjoying it. Viewers at home aren't daft, they tap into a good, positive show. That's why Strictly
appeals to so many people - it's a celebratory, feel-good show."
Daly's debut novel The Camera Never Lies
is out in paperback today.> 'Britain's Got Talent' live semi-final dates, timings confirmed