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Strictly's Len Goodman explains Anton Du Beke judge replacement comments

Published 16/12/2015

Len Goodman (second from right) was previously quoted as saying pro dancer Anton Du Beke should take his place as a judge
Len Goodman (second from right) was previously quoted as saying pro dancer Anton Du Beke should take his place as a judge

Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman has said it would be good if someone with "ballroom roots" replaced him on the panel when he retires.

Goodman, who has not retired from the show just yet, was previously quoted as saying pro dancer Anton Du Beke should take his place.

Talking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning, he clarified his previous comments saying it was more about having a "ballroomy person" there.

He said: "What I said was this: I'm 71 now, come to next year I'll be 72 obviously, and what I said was 'a good replacement' - Anton, Karen Hardy - and for me, what I was trying to say is, it'd be good if it was somebody whose roots were ballroom and Latin.

"I think it's important that there is a 'ballroomy person' there."

He recently hit back at reports the show was "fixed", after viewers claimed the judges had unfairly saved Du Beke and Katie Derham in the dance-off over Anita Rani.

He said he was also shocked about Rani's exit, but stressed that the dance-off was judged solely on the dance done on that night.

He explained: "It's nothing to do with who's been great so far, or who you think would be great in the final, it is just about that one dance.

"And as far as I was concerned - and Darcey (Bussell) and Bruno (Tonioli) - we thought Katie didn't go wrong, it was beautifully danced, so there you have it ... "

When asked if the show's producers had any impact on choosing who stayed or went, he said: "Listen, I've judged the World Championships, do you think if a producer come up to me 'Oi, Len, we really want so and so to get ... ' (shaking his head) ... well, you can imagine what I'd tell them! And it wouldn't happen ... it's just absolutely daft ."

This weekend will see the final four couples battling it out on the dancefloor.

The celebrities competing for the title are The Wanted's Jay McGuiness, BBC presenter Katie Derman, Coronation Street's Georgia May Foote and EastEnders' Kellie Bright.

The winner will be announced in the final show on Saturday during a double episode on BBC One.

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