Having hung up her tutu and put her points shoes in storage, former ballerina Darcey Bussell has been announced as the heir to Alesha Dixonâs Strictly Come Dancing Throne.
Bussell will join Craig Revel-Horwood (staunch supporter of DB), Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman on the panel when the new series begins in September.
But Bussell was no easy purchase.
Dixon left BBC bosses in the lurch last year when she switched talent show allegiance to Cowellâs Britainâ Got Talent for the princely sum of Â£300, 000. Despite Strictly providing a platform for the re-launch of her career back in 2007, the ex-Mis-Teeq singer had few qualms about making the move.
An BBC insider said: âDarcey is a living legend as far as dancing is concerned â and she is just perfect for Strictly.
âShe took some convincing as it means uprooting and being in cold, wet and windy England for four months instead of sunny Sydney.
âBut she said the Strictly job is probably the one thing that would bring her back. Weâre delighted to have her on board.â?
Bussell and the Beeb might be thrilled with the move, but there are sure to be a few rather bony noses out of joint over the news.
Former professional dancer Karen Hardy – who appeared on the show in the third series of Strictly – was reported to be under consideration for the panel spot. Meanwhile another
Karen (she of the Bruce family) was also in the running. The award-winning choreographer of west end shows Footloose The Musical and Fame, Bruce would perhaps have added some useful insights into the celebsâ toe-twiddling.
Having successfully beat off the competition, poor old Bussell will have to pack up and leave her Sydney home to join the panel of the show.