42-year old Darcey (her 43rd birthday is this Friday) has some previous experience of being on the Strictly panel as she acted as a guest judge at the end of the 2009 series. She also danced a jive with professional Ian White as part of that year’s semi-final show. She said of her time on the show then: “I had such a lovely experience in 2009, when I was a guest judge, that coming on board now feels very natural.
“Strictly combines quality dance and great entertainment, which is such a positive for everybody involved. I am very excited and really looking forward to being part of the Strictly team.”
She is a hugely respected figure in the world of dance and only retired from the Royal Ballet in 2007 having been the principal ballerina since 1988. She will certainly bring some different skills to the existing panel of Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. She is of course replacing Alesha Dixon from last series panel and will bring her own style and glamour to the show. We can expect more ballroom style than Alesha’s Latin dress styles.
The BBC seem very pleased to have secured Darcey’s services and the head of BBC1 said of the new appointment: “I can think of no-one better to join our Strictly judging panel than Darcey, the UK’s queen of ballet. Darcey has all the poise and glamour, along with the experience and credentials to deliver meaningful and insightful critiques of our couples’ performances. She’s a huge fan of the show and will be a fantastic addition to the Strictly family.”
The 30-year old has said that she loves being a mother and as a result of having Blue Ivy she now wears flat shoes having previously thought that she would never have a day without wearing heels.
Beyonce said of how she thinks after her new arrival: “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth. I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth,”
“The best thing about having a daughter is having a true legacy. The word ‘love’ means something completely different now.”
Beyonce beat a host of celebrities (and a few billion other women) to take the crown. Although Beyonce is famed for her booty the woman in second place, Sofia Vergara is more famous for her cleavage. The full Top 10 List of The Most Beautiful Women In The World 2012 is:
- Sofia Vergara
- Charlize Theron
- Lily Collins
- Madeleine Stowe
- Christina Hendricks
- Michele Williams
- Paula Patton
- Miranda Lambert
- Kate Middleton
As you can see the list is mostly US-based and does include a few names not too well-known here in the UK.