Louis Smith rules out replacing Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing (for now)

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Louis Smith has ruled out replacing Darcey Bussell on Strictly Come Dancing - at least for now.

Darcey Bussell made the announcement she was quitting Strictly earlier this month after seven years on the show.


She leaves an open spot on the judges desk alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and head judge Shirley Ballas.

Former Strictly winner Louis Smith was one of the many rumoured names linked to the role, but he's said no - for now.

"For my own credibility I couldn't accept it right now [if an offer came his way], however if I'd be considered in the future I'd happily take the time to research and learn about ballroom and latin, and then come back," Louis explained.

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "I'd have to brush up on the craft and knowledge before I could start critiquing people, and things like that.

"I probably could do it, but I'd need to spend a year working very hard in terms of understanding the sport and the competition side, the technique, before I could start critiquing people, or I'd feel like a bit of a hypocrite or a moron, not knowing much and then critiquing people."

Olympian Louis won Strictly in 2012 with pro dancer Flavia Cacace.


He's currently appearing in West End dance show Rip It Up with fellow Strictly stars Aston Merrygold, Jay McGuiness and Harry Judd.

While Louis is ruled out, according to The Sun newspaper, another famous face from the world of ballet could replace the outgoing judge.

The tabloid reports that show bosses are keen to sign ballet star Carlos Acosta.

The dancer and choreographer has even performed with Darcey before.

"Carlos is a huge name in the dance world and has been on Strictly’s radar for a long time," a source claimed.

However currently former pros Ian Waite and Karen Hardy remain the bookies favourites to replace Darcey, according to Ladbrokes.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One from September.


Alongside the main show, It Takes Two will return weeknights on BBC Two with a brand new co-host.

Zoe Ball will return alongside new face Rylan Clark-Neal, who will be helping out Zoe due to her new Radio 2 commitments.

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