Darcey Bussell has given her predictions on Strictly Come Dancing 2016.
The ballerina joins Jonathan Ross this Saturday night on ITV to talk about the show, the celebs and her fellow judges.
Speaking about this year’s line up, Darcey said she thinks ITV’s very own Judge Rinder has what it takes to go far: “He’s obviously a perfectionist because he gets really intense but he’s very funny as well with it. He’s an entertainer as you can see.
"He has got very good facial expressions. It’s quite good because it distracts you from the technique so maybe he’s using it as a skill… He is absolutely gorgeous.”
With Jonathan tipping Judge Rinder to go all the way in the competition, Darcey agrees, “I hope so, I really hope so.”
However discussing may not go so far, Darcey said: “Well, Ed Balls. He had a lot of timing in his charleston though.”
Meanwhile, judging her fellow Judges, Darcey spoke about her likes and dislikes of Head Judge, Len Goodman and fellow judges, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
On Len she said: “He gets a bit grumpy. I think you’re right, it’s his age and a bit bossy but he is Head Judge. But what I admire the most is obviously his skill, he was judging way before this show even started.
"He was a great [dancer] and he always tells me he was really good at the lifts… He does get the best room in Blackpool. He is the Head Judge so all his knowledge on his ballroom and latin skills is fabulous.
"This is his last series, I still don’t believe he’s going to leave but yes he has announced it but maybe we could have Judge Rinder if he wins maybe. If you’re going to be head judge you’ve got to be the expert,” she said before admitting she doesn’t have any idea of who may take Len’s place although there is a “big list of others.”
On Craig, she said: “I have a lot of fun with Craig. Craig isn’t as mean as he comes across. He’s horrible [on the show] and I have to beat him up on that and he doesn’t like being mean but he carries it off very well. He says I’m rubbing off on him and he sometimes gives a higher mark than he should.”
On Bruno, she said: “His energy levels are higher than high. I feel rather old next to him actually it’s amazing, he’s so passionate about the show and all that exuberance just comes out naturally and that’s what he is like. He’s only calm when he’s smoking backstage.”
The Jonathan Ross Show airs this Saturday night at 10:30PM on ITV with Darcey, Jack Whitehall and Alan Carr.