Sunday 23 October 2016

Strictly bosses in secret talks to line up surprise replacement for Len Goodman - Mirror

A judge on the Italian version of Strictly is in secret talks to take over from Len Goodman on the UK show, we can reveal.

Carolyn Smith, famous in every Italian household as head Strictly judge for the past nine years, is also an accomplished dancer herself.

For the past two years she has battled aggressive breast cancer and she is now ready to return home.

But is determined to reunite with her former pupil Giovanni Bernice, partner to Laura Whitmore , and move over to the UK’s Strictly.

Without revealing details, she has confirmed her chances of replacing Len are looking good.

In an exclusive interview Carolyn, 56, from Glasgow, said: “It’s looking positive and I’m ready to return.

“The Italian Strictly has the same rules and I’ve done 83 shows. If I succeed in replacing Len I can give a female point of view and on Strictly there are no other experts on ballroom dancing.

“Why should it always be from a man’s point of view. I still teach world class couples, something Len doesn’t do, and I have 6 world titles amongst my students.

“I have a fiery Scottish temperament and I’ve become known for my strong constructive comments to VIPs.

“I always give ways of improving and never criticise in an insulting way. I really care that VIPs learn and leave the show loving dance, not like Len’s approach where he made comments to Will Young that to my mind were unacceptable and pretty damn dreadful.

“Frankly with all my experience I can give more credibility to Strictly.”

“Discussions are going well. It’s important is that I’ve been dancing since I was 4, all forms of dance, and

have become the dance expert in every home in Italy, with a huge following. I need to fulfil this dream

“ I think its going to happen but right now I can't say too much. “

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