Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Darcey wants to be 'hands-on' judge

Darcey Bussell has said she finds it odd to sit behind a desk on Strictly Come Dancing
Darcey Bussell has said she finds it odd to sit behind a desk on Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing's Darcey Bussell has told how she finds it frustrating to be stuck behind a desk and that she would prefer to be more "hands-on" as a judge.

The former ballerina also said in an interview with Hello! magazine that contrary to some reports, she has still to sign for a further series, but is keen to do so.

In a photoshoot for the magazine she is transformed from a dancing queen to a snow queen ahead of the final of the BBC One show, which takes place on Saturday.

Darcey, 43, said she has been enjoying a "fabulous" time on the dance hit but even though she has become renowned for giving constructive tips to the dancers since joining the show, she wishes she could do more to help.

"There is so much I can say from my own experience," she said. "But it's being able to get it out quick and sharp. I would do it in a much friendlier, hands-on sort of way, so it's very odd sitting behind a desk."

The mother-of-two uprooted her family from Australia, where she had settled after her dancing career ended, to join the TV show. And she said she had to think about every detail before agreeing to sign up.

"I didn't want to say yes and then go 'hang on a minute' - I wanted to make sure I hadn't forgotten about every single detail that goes into being in live television.

"It's very daunting. I've been on stage and done lots of live shows, but I've never had to open my mouth."

The full interview is in the new edition of Hello! magazine, which is out now.

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