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Darcey: Who's the real Miley Cyrus?

Darcey Bussell has criticised pop star Miley Cyrus for being fake.

The former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet said that "true artists" had no need to constantly reinvent themselves.

Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey told Radio Times magazine: "My daughters love Taylor Swift, who's a good role model.

"Miley Cyrus, on the other hand - does anyone know who the real Miley is?

"If you are a true artist in what you're doing and how you're doing it, that will shine through."

She said of the Disney-turned-twerking star: "Miley keeps reinventing herself to get attention. If you have a talent, that's unnecessary."

Darcey, who is presenting a tribute on BBC One over Christmas to her heroine Audrey Hepburn, said: "It's hard to stay true to yourself and it's rare, especially today."

But she said of the late Breakfast At Tiffany's star: "She was always very real, one of those superstars who never tried to be anything other than who she was. She never tried to reinvent herself. She was just a natural star."

Darcey also told the magazine that she wanted EastEnders actor Jake Wood to win this year's Strictly, and she would not have liked to see another all-female final this series because "I just... find men more interesting to watch!"

She told the magazine: "You've got Caroline (Flack), Frankie (Bridge) - they're very strong, but I'd like Jake to win. ... He's unpredictable, and I love to watch the unpredictable."

The star revealed that she initially turned down a job on the Strictly panel and blamed the mannerisms she was ridiculed for when she first joined on nerves.

"Strictly wasn't something I wanted to do. I got asked a couple of times, turned it down once... But I decided to do it because I love dance and love it being celebrated," she said.

"I didn't think about being on live TV. If I had, I probably wouldn't have done it! I remember watching it back and thinking, 'Who is that person? That doesn't sound like me.' And then all these stupid mannerisms that I didn't recognise! I don't blame anybody for criticising me. But I learnt pretty quickly that it was just a matter of ironing out my nerves."

She said that training as a ballerina had given her a "thick skin" and added: "The only thing I'm now conscious of, as the only woman on the panel, is not to look like the old lady who fancies all the young men on the dance floor!

"I am happily married with two children... although sometimes I can't hide it."

Darcey also told the magazine how she felt Britain has got too "soft" on children - who are not instilled with enough competitive spirit.

The 45-year-old said that she worried that today's children lack the drive to succeed in a career like dance.

"I think we are getting a little bit soft on kids. Their options are limitless and the technology is extraordinary," she said.

"It would be easy to stay locked up in a room on a computer all day but if you're not physical when you're a child, when are you going to be? And that's what worries me. Kids are either naturally lazy or naturally hyper - they have to be motivated into trying things out and committing to them."

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