Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Favourites to replace Darcey Bussell revealed

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Here's a look at who could be replacing Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing this year.

A spot on the Strictly panel opened up this week when Darcey Bussell made the surprise announcement she was quitting.


Darcey has been a judge on Strictly for seven years, sitting alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas.

In a statement Darcey said there was no "upset or disagreement" behind the decision, saying she planned to focus on "my many other commitments in dance".

Darcey explained: "It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive."

The BBC has not yet confirmed who will replace Darcey prompting plenty of speculation.

Currently the favourite to take over from Darcey is former pro dancer and It Takes Two regular Karen Hardy.


She's joined in the betting by Ian Waite, another former pro and regular on the spin-off show.

However the Daily Mail newspaper reports that Bonnie Langford is also a "contender" for the role.

A source told the publication: "The rumour mill has obviously already started, with many names being bandied around. But Bonnie is an absolute contender for the role.

"She seems to tick all the boxes and because of her recent role in EastEnders as Carmel Kazemi, she is seen as very BBC. She is one of the standout names being discussed – it’s all very exciting."

Meanwhile, bookies have slashed odds in half on Caroline Flack replacing Darcey Bussell.

Strictly Come Dancing chiefs are on the hunt for a new judge to join the panel, and the bookies have slashed odds from 25/1 to just 12/1 after a flurry of bets on the former Strictly champion getting the gig - just like Alesha Dixon.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Karen Hardy might be heading the betting at this stage but all the money in the last 24 hours has been on Caroline Flack and we've cut her odds as a result."

Strictly Come Dancing odds

To replace Darcey Bussell

Karen Hardy - 4/1
Ian Waite - 6/1
Alfonso Ribeiro - 8/1
Helen Richey - 8/1

Anton du Beke - 10/1
Gary Edwards - 10/1
Caroline Flack - 12/1
Joanne Clifton - 12/1


Oti Mabuse - 12/1
Pasha Kovalev - 12/1
Ashley Roberts - 16/1
Brendan Cole - 20/1

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One from September.

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