Karen Hardy is up for replacing Len Goodman on Strictly but Alesha Dixon says no

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Karen Hardy has said she's up for replacing Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing.

However former judge Alesha Dixon has ruled out a return.

The ex Strictly winner joined the panel in 2009 before leaving for ITV's Britain's Got Talent in 2012.

Alesha said she was "absolutely" still watching - and backing "good friend" Laura Whitmore to win - but didn't want to return.

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"I had an incredible three years but I'm all about moving forwards," Alesha said. "Strictly will always have a special place in my heart. It was a life changing experience."

Former Strictly pro dancer Karen on the other hand would jump at the chance to join the panel.

She's already been confirmed as a judge for next year's Strictly tour, making her a favourite for the job.

"When I got the email [about the tour] I thought it was a joke. I ran into the bedroom and jumped on my bed!" Karen revealed.

Asked about joining the panel next year on the show itself, Karen said: "I wouldn't say no and I'll jump for a lot longer on my bed!"

Len confirmed earlier this year that the 2016 series of Strictly would be his last on British TV.

Len said: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.

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"This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else."

He added: "It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”

For now, Strictly (with Len) is back this Saturday night live on BBC One.

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