October 19, 2019

Darcey Bussell: What is Darcey Bussell doing now? The real reason she left Strictly | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Darcey Bussell: What is Darcey Bussell doing now? The real reason she left Strictly | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Former Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell announced back in April that she would be exiting Strictly Come Dancing as a member of the judging panel after joining back in 2012. The star, 50, was a judge next to Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas. She has now been replaced by dancer and judge Motsi Mabuse, who is also the sister to Strictly professional Oti.

What is Darcey Bussell doing now?

Darcey took to social media earlier this year to share news of her departure.

In a statement to her 173,000 Twitter followers, she said: “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly for the past seven years, working with such a talented team.

“I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

“I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all.

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“I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.

“I know I will miss being part of this unique show, and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about.”

She added: “I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked again one day. Darcey x.”

The BBC’s Director of Content, Charlotte Moore also made a statement amid the departure, saying: “It has been an absolute honour to have Darcey, a national treasure and British dance icon, bring her passion for dance and her graceful presence to the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel for seven consecutive years.

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“She will be thoroughly missed by us all and will, of course, remain part of the Strictly family in the future.”

Motsi was later unveiled as the new judge in July following much speculation with some reports suggesting veteran dancer Anton Du Beke could become a judge.

Since waltzing away from Strictly, Darcey has been busy on a whole host of projects.

She was recently photographed on the set of the film Coppelia in period garb.

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Under the photo, Darcey said: “Enjoying my time working with @tedbrandsen and @vitomazzeo onset of the new Coppelia film working with Submarine products and the gorgeous Dutch National Ballet. Dx #coppeliafilm #dutchnationalballet #coppeliamovie.”

Darcey is also the President of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and has been focusing on her position there.

She recently posted on Twitter about her work at Rad, tweeting: “Working behind the scenes in my role of President at the @RADheadquarters – making sure everyone has the opportunity to dance. Dx #RADawardsday.”

From her Instagram account, it’s clear Darcey has been busy with a myriad of projects and has even been to the Royal Opera House to coach young talent as well as encouraging people to keep active as part of National Fitness Day.

Strictly Come Dancing airs tonight on BBC One at 7pm

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