Strictly Come Dancing favourite Jay McGuiness, 28, who lifted the Glitterball trophy with professional partner Aliona Vilani, 35, back in 2015, told Express.co.uk there’s no way he’d consider following in the footsteps of former winner Alesha Dixon, 40, and become a judge on the show. Asked if filling Darcey Bussell’s shoes was something he could see himself doing, the singer replied: “Hell no! For two reasons, one which I think is a legitimate reason,” he explained. “That it’s really uncomfortable learning a skill from experts — and when you get on the show, you know how expert the pros are — and then to go back and judge them is a very difficult position to be in.”
The position’s too tough
Having revealed how awkward judging the professional dancers who had previously been in the position of teaching him, Jay said he thought Alesha navigated the situation “really well”.
“And two, the fact that she navigated it so well yet she still got so much flack for doing it proves that you can be talented, smart, kind, beautiful and still get ripped because the position’s too tough,” he continued.
“You have to go in with some sort of credential at this point to be respected and I don’t think that mine are up to par.
“I think that Shirley [Ballas’] were, Darcey’s are,” he added.
On the subject of what credentials the yet unknown new judge has to have, Jay said the role required being a “master” of an aspect of performance.
“You have to be a master of something, whether it’s a master in the field of dance or in your field of performance,” he said.
“You have to be someone that people aspire to be.
Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuiness spoke out on the possibility of replacing Darcey Bussell (Image: ITV)
Strictly Come Dancing winner Jay McGuiness addressed the gap left by Darcey Bussell (Image: GETTY)
“I think The Wanted was severely lacking on the dance thing,” he joked.
“I don’t think that Aljaz [Skorjanec] and Janette [Manrara] are going to watch The Wanted and go, ‘You know what? Jay