Why did Darcey Bussell quit Strictly Come Dancing, how long has she been a judge and who will replace her?

DAME Darcey Bussell sensationally quit Strictly Come Dancing after seven years as a judge.

Here's everything you need to know about the star's decision to leave…

Why did Darcey Bussell quit Strictly Come Dancing?

In a statement Darcey announced she would not be returning for the 2019 series.

The dancer reassured fans that she was leaving to "give more focus to my many other commitments in dance" and not "because of any upset or disagreement at all."

In the lengthy post she said: "It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

"I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.

"I know I will miss being part of this unique show and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day."

How long has Darcey Bussell been a judge?

Darcey had been a judge on the show for seven years.

She joined the glitzy world of Strictly back in 2009 working as a fifth judge in the final stages of the competition.

Darcey even debuted her own dancing talents on the show, performing a jive with professional dancer Ian White in the semi-final.

She made her return in 2012, replacing judge Alesha Dixon, and has been on the critiquing panel ever since.

Who will replace Darcey Bussell?

Karen Hardy has topped betting to replace Darcey as judge.

According to bookies Coral, the dancer is the 2-1 favourite to be the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: “It’s going to be very sad news for Strictly fans that Darcy won’t be continuing as a judge, however we’re sure they’ll be huge excitement over who will replace her.
"We make Karen Hardy the hot favourite to step into her shoes, at 2-1. Hardy won the show with Mark Ramprakash back in 2006 and could well be the perfect fit to step back onto the show as a judge."
Coming in next is Helen Richey who's been given a 3-1 chance.

While if the BBC opt for a male judge – Gary Edwards has been given the odds of 5-1 and Ian Waite 6-1 odd.

 

Here are the odds according to Coral:

Karen Hardy 2-1

Helen Richey 3-1

Gary Edwards 5-1

Ian Waite 6-1

Brendan Cole 8-1

Arlene Phillps 12-1

Anton du Beke 12-1

Len Goodman 16-1

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