Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Len Goodman can't wait for the live shows!

Len Goodman (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Len Goodman can't wait to get started on the live shows, saying that this year's line up is the best yet.

Len, who previously admitted he's not always known many of the celebs on shows in the past, said: “Is it the most beautiful line-up we have seen? What I do think is, it is great that we have some gorgeous girls, hunky guys and a few older ones too.

“We have got a great mix. It’s going to be absolutely stonking."

Speaking to The Sun, Len revealed: “Getting a job on Strictly was like winning the lottery for me. And to be honest, when we first did it I thought it wouldn’t last a series. I thought nobody would be interested in ballroom and celebrities I had never heard of. I didn’t think it would work. It just shows what I know. The BBC ran with it and it’s been absolutely life-changing for me. I am the dance teacher who got lucky.”

The head judge also spoke out about Denise Van Outen, defending the West End star from criticism that she had an unfair advantage due to performance background.

He told the newspaper: "What is strange about Strictly is it is a pretty level playing field for everyone. People are saying that as Denise has been in Chicago and Kimberley went to stage school, they have an advantage. Equally, with the Olympians and their ethos of training, they have an advantage and so it goes on.

“But at the end of the day, you can make a case for everyone having a bit of advantage — but none of them have done ballroom or Latin before.

“I will treat everyone equally. You judge people on how good they are compared to others. If somebody gets a nine and the next person comes out better, you will give him or her a ten."

The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 live shows start TOMORROW night on BBC One!

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