Strictly Come Dancing's Darcey Bussell 'will replace Len Goodman as head judge'

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Darcey Bussell will replace Len Goodman as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, it's been claimed.

Darcey, who is the newest of the four judges, will get the casting vote in eliminations after Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli said they didn't want it.

A source told The Sun newspaper: “The executives would like to see a female in the role, and Darcey has established herself as a major figure on the show.

“They wouldn’t be comfortable bringing somebody in over her head. The job is quite a calm and level-headed one, for which Darcey would be perfect ­— and the viewers love her.”

They added: “Bruno and Craig have both made it clear they’re not looking for a promotion — and Darcey is extremely well thought of.

“They’ll be more than happy to work with her and won’t kick up a fuss.”

Len announced he would be quitting Strictly after this year's series back in the summer.

He said in a statement at the time: “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.

“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."

This Saturday night is the Strictly 2016 final where Len will bow out as a judge on the show.

However his final appearance on TV will be the pre-recorded Christmas special, which will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.

A replacement judge for Len has yet to be confirmed.

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