Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Len Goodman backs Kara Tointon to replace Alesha Dixon

Kara Tointon

Strictly Come Dancing star Len Goodman has backed former champ Kara Tointon to replace Alesha Dixon on this year's judging panel.

The 67-year-old head judge of the show told Bang Showbiz that the former soap star would bring a "different dynamic" to the upcoming series.

"I think she would be great," he said. We've all got our roles to play and myself, Bruno and Craig have all got strong personalities and different fields of expertise.

"To get somebody who is an ex-competitor does bring a different dynamic to the thing.

"She's been through the process and knows what it takes to become a winner, as Alesha did. I'd be quite happy with her on the panel."

But Len feared that signing Kara could mean that professional dancer Artem Chingvintsev could be axed, due to his current relationship with 2010 winner.

"That's a potential problem. They'd probably have to drop Artem in case people felt that Kara was being unfair or something," he explained.

"It would put her in a very awkward position if she was one of the judges and Artem was one of the professional dancers. People's perception of the show could change."

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