Laying into the currently line-up, James said: “I wouldn’t miss [Bruno and Craig]. I think they’re replaceable now, because they just kind of say the same thing year in, year out… ‘it’s a disaster’, ‘it’s dull’, Bruno will fall off his chair, lift his leg in the air, stand on his chair and dance. We’ve seen it all before.
“So that’s why I think bringing someone like Anton in will freshen it up and mix it up a bit. I definitely think, as much as I will miss Len, I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”
However, he did have some kind words for Darcey Bussell, who he said was “really lovely” and a “brilliant addition to the ‘Strictly’ family”.
Anton Du Beke appeared to be the most likely candidate to replace Len as Head Judge until recently, when reports suggested that he wasn’t as firm a favourite for the job as we may have first thought.
In the past week, it has been suggested that Helen Richey, a judge on the Australian version of ‘Strictly’, might be drafted in to take over from Len, while it was also claimed that a promotion could be on the cards for Craig Revel Horwood (sorry, James!).
On Tuesday (23 August), James and Ola were announced as the faces of a new campaign for Ann Summers, which saw them stripping to their underwear for a steamy ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’-esque photo-shoot.
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