Strictly Come Dancing 2019: Former star hints Nicole Scherzinger to REPLACE Darcey Bussell

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Nicole Scherzinger, 40, had already had a taste for Strictly Come Dancing, having won the American edition of the show, Dancing With The Stars, in 2010.

With the announcement Darcey, 49, will not be returning to the BBC dance show later this year, speculation has been rife on who could replace the former ballerina on the panel.

Who could join Craig Revel-Horwood, 54, Shirley Ballas, 58, and Bruno Tonioli, 62, has so far stretched to former contestants, former professionals as well as those already confirmed to be returning to train a new batch of celebrities.

However, appearing on Good Morning Britain today, former professional Kristina Rihanoff, 41, threw former X factor judge Nicole’s name into the mix, stating she would like someone who doesn’t have a ballroom background to join the panel.

Kristina left Strictly in 2016, after competing on the show for seven series and was asked by the Good Morning Britain hosts if she would contemplate returning to join the judging panel.

The former professional admitted: “Well, of course I would love to be a judge but I don’t see myself in the thrall just yet.

“I’m a very creative person. I love choreographing. Love doing things like that,” she continued, before suggesting who could take on the role.

“I do think the panel needs another woman and someone from a different background to ballroom dancing.

“I think someone from a street dancing or commercial dancing background who’s also a professional dancer and perhaps a judge.”

Amongst the election of names Kristina had in mind to fill the space on the panel, the former professional suggested the former X Factor judge.

“Nicole Scherzinger’s a beautiful stunning lady who has professional training in street and commercial dancing and quite a good judge I think, she proved herself on X Factor.”

If Nicole were to join the panel, she wouldn’t be the first champion of the Strictly or Dancing With The Stars family to become a judge.

Only last year, former Dancing With The Stars champion Alfonso Ribeiro replaced Bruno when the Strictly judge had prior commitments to the American version of the dance show.

Also, 2007 Strictly champion Alesha Dixon, 40, replaced Arlene Phillips, 75, on the panel for a three series from 2009 to 2012 before handing over the role to Darcey.

However, Nicole wasn’t Kristina’s only choice to replace Darcey as she also believed Hollywood star Mandy Moore, 35, would be a great addition to the panel.

“I think we all loved the La La Land movie and the wonderful Mandy Moore was a choreographer for that movie and she’s a judge on So You Think You Can Dance in America and she choreographed a lot of wonderful numbers on Strictly with us pros and we loved her.”

With Kristina’s suggestions added to the rumour mill on who will replace the former ballerina, current professional Anton Du Beke, 52, has also been labelled as a hot contender.

Speaking with Graham Norton, 56, on his BBC Radio 2 show, Anton said: “I’m certainly qualified. I suspect there will be conversations going on.

“You know how it works in telly. It’s one of those things,” the professional ballroom dancer explained.

Anton added: “I’d love to do it, but then I have to wait to be asked, in the normal way. I wish I could make the decision for them.”

Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year on BBC One.

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