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Darcey Bussell to replace Len Goodman as head judge on Strictly - report

Head judges are given the deciding vote about who to save from elimination in the case of a tie.

Darcey Bussell is reportedly set to replace Len Goodman as Head Judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 72-year-old will bid farewell to the U.K. dancing show during the final, which airs this weekend (17-18Dec16) and while BBC bosses are still deciding who to cast as Len's replacement, it has been reported the ex-ballerina will be promoted to Head Judge.

“The executives would like to see a female in the role, and Darcey has established herself as a major figure on the show," a source told The Sun. “They wouldn’t be comfortable bringing somebody in over her head. The job is quite a calm and level-headed one, for which Darcey would be perfect ­- and the viewers love her.”

Darcey, who has been with the show permanently since 2012, will be promoted over fellow judges Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, who have served on the panel since it began in 2004. The head judge is given the deciding vote about who to save from elimination in the case of a tie.

“Bruno and Craig have both made it clear they’re not looking for a promotion - and Darcey is extremely well thought of," the source added. “They’ll be more than happy to work with her and won’t kick up a fuss.”

Len announced he was leaving the show in July, saying it was “time to hand the role of head judge to someone else”. It was thought professional dancers Karen Hardy, Anton du Beke and Helen Richey had been in the frame for the role.

The final will mark his last time on a full series, but he will be seen again in the Christmas Day special, which was filmed in November.

This year's final will be a battle between former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac, singer and TV personality Louise Redknapp and sports presenter Ore Oduba.

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