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Russell Brand: 'I want to replace Len Goodman as head Strictly judge!'

Former The Great British Bake Off contestant Selasi Gbormittah backed Noel Fielding for success as presenter of Channel 4's new version of the much-loved show.

Russell Brand has joked he wants to replace Len Goodman as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

The comedian's dream of a change in career was inspired by The Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding's announcement that he is to be one of the new presenters on Channel 4's The Great British Bake Off.

After the line-up news was broken, Russell took to Twitter to tell fans he has set his sights on Len's judging position - since the dancing veteran has revealed he was quitting the BBC talent show after the last series.

"Right. If @noelfielding11 can do Bake Off I'm replacing Len on Strictly," he tweeted, much to the amusement of his fans.

Noel was quick to respond, writing: "Representing goths in the mainstream x x x"

But while Russell doesn't doubt Noel's presenting skills, he isn't so sure about the funny man's baking talents, later writing on Twitter: "I think anything you bake should be run by a sniffer dog before anyone vulnerable tastes it."

The announcement that Noel would present the new version of the programme alongside Sandi Toksvig was met with mixed reactions from fans of the show.

While some questioned whether it was an early Aprils Fools' Day joke, others backed Noel for success on the show, including 2016 contestant Selasi Gbormittah, who told Good Morning Britain he was excited to see what the new presenting duo would bring to the table.

Selasi said: "It’s not surprising news to be fair because they are both really good presenters in their field and you’ve got Noel Fielding who is very funny which is what we need in the tent, or the new bakers need in the tent."

Asked if Noel was going to be out of his league presenting a show of Bake Off's stature, Selasi replied: "Well that’s his new challenge now so we just have to wait and see, again we can’t knock it till we try it so we just have to wait and see what they’ve both got to offer. And you’ve got Sandi who is of course Danish, so she will be good with her pastries. She has got that behind her and Noel of course we just have to wait and see but I think they will ace it.”

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