Former Strictly Come Dancing star Len Goodman has given his verdict on Anton Du Beke’s new job as a judge, saying he will be “wonderful”.

Goodman, 77, resigned from the BBC dance competition in 2016 because he had been on the jury since the program began in 2004.

This year, the professional dancer Du Beke will join the panel instead of Bruno Tonioli, who cannot participate due to obligations in the USA and travel uncertainties due to the pandemic.

‘It’s a nice, eclectic mix of people.’

Len Goodman shares his thoughts on this year’s # Strictly line-up.

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Speaking to Good Morning Britain, Goodman described this year’s line-up of high-profile contestants as “a nice, eclectic mix of all kinds of people”.

In the new series, stars like BBC breakfast host Dan Walker, McFly musician Tom Fletcher, comedian Robert Webb, Loose Women panelist Judi Love and swimmer Adam Peaty will vie for the Glitterball trophy.

Goodman said of Walker, “I played golf with Dan Walker last week. He’s ready for it, I tell you. He’s a competitive guy … I don’t know if he’s good, but he won’t lose because he doesn’t try, is committed and gives everything. “

He added, “It’s tall, there is an elegance about it. You know he’s good at golf, which is great. Because you need timing, rhythm, good movement, technique. All that stuff for dancing, so who knows? “

Three-time Olympic champion Peaty signed up for the show after his success at the Tokyo 2020 Games in the summer, where he won gold and silver twice.

He also made history as the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title after winning the men’s 100m breaststroke with a time of 57.37 seconds, the fifth fastest in the history of the event.

‘A little will go a long way.’

Len Goodman supports the “Remember a Charity” week, which encourages people to make wills for charitable donations.

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When asked about Peaty, Goodman said, “I always admire athletes more than anyone else.

“I can understand when you’re young, you know, you went to stage school and they say, ‘Oh, well, I’ve never waltz.’ No of course not. But you’ve learned timing, rhythm, movement, fluency, coordination, and performance. You know, I always have the feeling that they have a small lead, but then the athletes are competitive, they are used to being trained. So it’s all up there, isn’t it? ”.

The former Strictly Head Judge will be reunited with Tonioli on the jury of the US series Dancing With The Stars, in which this year social media star JoJo Siwa will make history as the series’s first contestant who will be part of a same-sex Competition entry pairing.

The 18-year-old YouTube personality, who came out gay in January, will find out who she’s working with when the show airs in the US this month.

Former Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite will dance with a male professional on Strictly Come Dancing.

Goodman said, “I don’t have strong feelings about it. You know, that’s how the world goes on. If it were up to me, they’d all be in tailcoat suits… And in my little world of ballroom dancing, because in most competitions there are a lot more girls than ever boys, you get a lot of everything – girl pairs all the time.

“You’re going to be doing a little competition somewhere and it’s going to be two guys with their partners and the rest are just going to be pairs of girls, you know. So that’s it.”

– Strictly Come Dancing will return to TV screens on Saturday September 18th.