Darcey Bussell has backed the BBC’s move for Shirley Ballas to join the Strictly Come Dancing Panel.

The dancer, who has been on the panel herself since 2012, has been speaking to the Daily Mirror about the decision.

“I don’t know Shirley Ballas but I am very excited to meet her and I am very supportive that there is another lady on the panel,” Darcey said to the paper.

She continued: “I don’t think there was anything wrong with the dynamic before but it would be very nice to have another lady alongside me and I feel very lucky.”

Darcey added: “She will be a great addition to the panel – very much indeed – she’s a great champion”

The new series of Strictly will air on BBC One in the autumn.

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