Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell admits she is fond of 'sexy' Olympic gymnast Louis Smith

Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, 43, admits she has a soft spot for Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, 23.

‘I always wanted to be a gymnast, so I have a real fondness for Louis,’ she says.

‘Not only is he very sexy, but he’s fantastic technically.’

Darcey, who joined the Strictly panel in September to replace Alesha Dixon, would love to become a permanent fixture on the show.

‘I was very nervous to start with and, on the first episode, I did say “yah” a lot,’ she admits.

‘When I watched it back, I realised how silly it sounded. I’ve not said “yah” since!’

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