Strictly Come Dancing: Len Goodman defends Denise Van Outen

Len Goodman (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has defended Denise Van Outen from her critics.

Some viewers have claimed that it's "unfair" for Denise to be in the competition, having already performed for years on stage in the West End and Broadway.

But head Strictly judge Len insisted that ALL of the celebs were starting out on a level playing field this year, regardless of their backgrounds.

"What's good about Strictly is that everyone starts on the same level playing field," he said.

Defending Denise and Kimberley Walsh in particular, Len continued: "Yes, Denise has been in Chicago and Kimberley probably wen to stage school.

"Yes the sportspeople have that egos of training.

"But at the end of the day, none of them have done ballroom before and so that's why it's level."

And Len suggested that viewers should perhaps be expecting some surprises when the live shows start on Friday!

He teased: "I've heard Lisa Riley can really shake it around. Fern Briton is popular amongst the housewives too."

Get the latest news

Subscribe on YouTube