Darcey Bussell loving "fun" Strictly Come Dancing 2012

Darcey Bussell (Strictly Come Dancing)

Darcey Bussell seems to be fitting in on Strictly Come Dancing 2012 perfectly.

The ballet star joined the panel this year alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood in place of Alesha Dixon, who quit in the spring to join Britain's Got Talent.

Despite some criticisms after the first live show over her repeated use of the word YAH, the 43-year-old is now winning viewers over.

And Darcey is also loving her time on the series, telling fans at the Cheltenham Literature Festival: “Being on Strictly is fun."

She's quoted by the Daily Star as adding: “I have always been a great fan of dancing. I feel totally different if I have had a little dance, even in the kitchen!”

Darcey previously said that she was hoping to bring "girl power" to the show.

“I’m used to live shows so that is quite lucky. It’s just different being on the other side – it’s actually quite nice not having to be the dancer and just playing a different role," she said.

Darcey added: “I’m looking forward to it, I have a really nice team around me and that’s what counts. I feel totally ready for it and empowered – girl power.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 continues this weekend with the third live show. Johnny Ball became the first celeb to be eliminated last Sunday, and this Sunday will see another star get the axe!

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