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Tess Daly: 'I can't wait to see another female Strictly Come Dancing judge'

Tess Daly would love to take part in Strictly Come Dancing herself if she could.

Tess Daly "can't wait to see another lady" on the Strictly Come Dancing panel.

Shirley Ballas will be on the show for the next season of the BBC show, replacing Len Goodman. She'll be joining Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel-Horwood, and the programme's co-host Tess Daly is looking forward to seeing what she brings to the series.

"She looks lovely doesn’t she? She’s a Wirral lass, from the Wirral, so she’s coming home to be on our panel – and I can’t wait to see another lady," Tess said as she appeared on ITV's Lorraine on Thursday (18May17).

“(She has) so much experience, her credentials are unshakeable - she’s phenomenal isn’t she? I can’t wait to see. I think she’s going to keep those two boys in order, especially that naughty one on the end… Bruno… no names. He needs keeping under control, he’s up out of his chair, he gets very excitable but I love him for that."

The line-up for the next series has yet to be revealed, but names rumoured to be taking part include Scarlett Moffatt, Paula Radcliffe and Jermain Defoe.

The judges have been criticised in the past for being too hard on the celebrity contestants, but Tess thinks everything they say is intended to be "constructive".

"It’s usually valid isn’t it? And it’s usually constructive," she mused. "Craig can go a bit off-piste, but I thought actually he was a more gentle version of Craig last year, he was quite generous in his praise, a few tens there. See what happens this year."

While Tess stayed tight-lipped about the line-up, she did let slip that she would love to take part but she can't be "in two places at once".

"There is a part of me that thinks I would love to be able to do that," she admitted. "It looks like they have a blast you know, so I would rather enjoy it. But I do feel for them as they get so nervous on a Saturday night.”

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