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Topic: Bosses chase Aussie Judge
Posted By: deborah31
Subject: Bosses chase Aussie Judge
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2016 at 12:25
STRICTLY'S HEL-BENT BBC bosses keen to snap up Australian Dancing with the Stars judge Helen Richey to fill Len Goodman’s shoes
After speculation dancers Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole were hot favourites to fill the role the BBC wants to meet its age diversity targets

FROM DAN WOOTTON'S BIZARRE TV COLUMN 11th August 2016, 10:51 pm

THE search to replace Strictly judge LEN GOODMAN has moved Down Under.

I can reveal that bosses have widened their net and are keen to hold talks with Australian Dancing With The Stars judge HELEN RICHEY.

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Experience…the BBC are keen to hold talks with the Australian judge
Producers were looking at dancers ANTON DU BEKE, and BRENDAN COLE to take over from Len, when he leaves after the new series.

But execs are under pressure to interview a woman close to Len’s age to hit their diversity targets.
A source said: “Helen is known across the dancing world and highly respected.

“She’s been a judge in Australia for 12 years so is used to the cameras and has a similar calm temperament to Len.

“I know that BBC chiefs were impressed by her when she fronted out and dismissed cheat claims when they erupted on that show.”

Helen spent 27 years living in the UK competing in both Latin and ballroom dancing.

When the 71-year-old retired from the dancefloor, she became one of the world’s leading coaches and has judged national pro championships across the world.

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Her inclusion as a senior female on the judge’s shortlist would also fit the BBC’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Last week I exclusively revealed that Brendan had been ruled out of the running because show bosses feel he is “too cocky”.

The Kiwi is less popular with older viewers and bosses were concerned he would clash with contestants and fellow judges DARCEY BUSSELL, BRUNO TONIOLI and CRAIG REVEL HORWOOD.

Len, head judge since Strictly began in 2004, is about to start his final season and is backing Anton to succeed him.

Whoever gets the job has big shoes to fill.

Loose Lips, Sink Ships !!   or as they say in Jamaice, 'Mouth open, Story fly out!'

Posted By: Bren
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2016 at 13:16
she is ok but still many who are better qualified and NOT in Oz but i do KNOW that the beeb are interviewing people for the job and Anton is NOT a certainty by any means I know of three others other than Helen so she would make 4 - at least and if Anton was such a certainty why are they interviewing ??? also all the ones being interviewed that I know of are all better in every way than Anton or Brendan

Posted By: thengp12
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2016 at 13:18
I would love Helen on the show. Full of charisma. Very funny.

thengp12 reality show continues

Posted By: Bren
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2016 at 15:16
she is ok and well qualified but needs someone a bit younger she is only about a year younger than Len and why bring in someone from OZ

I am keeping my fingers crossed one of the others they have interviewed - a Brit :)

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