Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Kimberley Walsh expects judges to be hard on her

Kimberley Walsh (Strictly Come Dancing)

Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh has admitted she expects the Strictly Come Dancing 2012 judges will be hard on her this year.

The popstar has plenty of dancing experience, as both a member of Girls Aloud for the past 10 years and more recently on the West End in Shrek! The Musical.

It's led to Craig Revel Horwood to declare that Kimberley will win the show, before even the first show has aired.

But Kimberley was keen to downplay her experience during last night's launch, saying: "I have danced before but not ballroom at that level, and I've always had the girls around me when I dance so this is a new challenge.

"I'm going to push myself, and I think the judges are going to be hard on me especially on the technical side, so I don't think my past will make it any easier."

One of the judges Kimberley will be hoping to impress is new panelist, ballerina Darcey Bussell.

Replacing Alesha Dixon, Darcey joins this year's panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.

"So far, it's been good - the other judges have been very supportive and are looking after me nicely," she said on the red carpet last night.

She added: "I'm looking for an all-round performer that has entertainment value as well; it's not just about their dancing skills."

[cat c="strictly come dancing"]Strictly Come Dancing 2012[/cat] airs on BBC One this Saturday night at 6:30PM.

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