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Brendan Cole has told BBC he would love to be new Strictly Come Dancing judge

Strictly Come Dancing's Brendan Cole has said he has told the BBC he wants to replace Len Goodman as head judge on the show.

Goodman, 72, bowed out of the BBC One dance contest at the end of the last series in December and there is speculation about who will take his seat on the panel.

Cole, who has been one of the professional dancers on the series since its debut in 2004, told BBC Radio 2: "I would love to be a judge.

"I've told the BBC I'm up for the job if they would like to even consider me.

"Make no bones about it, it would be a great gig - it's a phenomenal slot."

Cole, 40, told host Patrick Kielty that he was "very qualified" to fill Goodman's shoes and that his experience as a judge on the New Zealand version of the programme should stand him in good stead.

And he joked that he even had a catchphrase ready - "Bren's Lens".

Other names in the mix to replace Goodman include Strictly veteran Anton Du Beke and Karen Hardy, who was a professional dancer on the show from 2005 to 2008.

Cole admitted he is not holding his breath as he believes "they will probably have somebody else in mind".

But he said he would "keep plugging away and hope for the best", adding: "It's something I'd like to have happen at some point in my life."

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