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Tess Daly: 'Strictly Come Dancing is more loyal than The X Factor'

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Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly has claimed that the BBC is loyal to the show's stars.

The 42-year-old argued that the ballroom competition would never undergo a transformation as dramatic as this year's series of The X Factor, which has seen the judging panel completely refreshed with the introduction of Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa Contostavlos.

"Strictly's different to X Factor because the BBC tends to have a different set of loyalties," she told The Mirror. "We're all part of the furniture, really.

"Without it sounding too cliched, it's a big happy family vibe here on the show. It's such a part of my life now. I don't even mind the winters so much because it means it's Strictly time!"

Daly also expressed pride in how Strictly had become integrated into the lives of the nation, but added that she was pleased viewers could now enjoy both her show and The X Factor following the recent scheduling truce.

"People tell me they love making a Saturday night out of it," she revealed. "I love that it becomes part of people's lives. It's a national talking point, and I enjoy talking about it as much as the next person.

"We're on at different times now, so the viewer wins. They can watch both [Strictly and X Factor]. We're not competing. They're two great shows."

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