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Exclusive: Tess Daly backs new 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Darcey Bussell

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Tess Daly has given her backing to new Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell.

It was announced yesterday that the former Royal Ballet principal ballerina will join the BBC competition's judging panel, replacing Alesha Dixon, who defected to Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent earlier this year.

Darcey Bussell promo pic for Strictly Come Dancing 2012

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"I think she's certainly a credible judge, given that she is a professional dancer," Daly told Digital Spy. "She's been at the top of the tree for years. She's a bit of a legend in the dance world.

"I think her credibility and expertise will lend itself really well to the panel. Let's just hope she can hold her own with the rest of them - and keep those boys in line. They need a firm hand!"

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Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly

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Darcey Bussell during her time as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing in 2009.

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Daly said that she is not worried by some viewers' concerns that Bussell is not the right choice to sit alongside Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.

"She's been living in Australia, and I heard that she has been doing some TV work over there, so I think her confidence will have grown when it comes to talking on camera," she explained. "I think that that, with her expertise, could be a winning formula."

Recalling the news of Dixon's defection to ITV's Britain's Got Talent, Daly said that the team had been "absolutely" shocked. She added: "None of us knew that she was about to leave."

The Voice UK - The Judges - Jessie J, Danny O'Donoghue, Will.i.am, Tom Jones

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Britain's Got Talent 2012: The Judges

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With BGT currently enjoying a close ratings battle with BBC One rival The Voice UK, Daly advised the two shows to not "get caught up" in the figures.

"You've got to get on with it and just enjoy it," the presenter said. "If you get caught up in the ratings, then you've already lost really. It's about enjoying it. Viewers at home aren't daft, they tap into a good, positive show. That's why Strictly appeals to so many people - it's a celebratory, feel-good show."

Daly's debut novel The Camera Never Lies is out in paperback today.

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