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Monday 16th September 2019

McFly's Harry Judd 'in talks to replace Darcey Bussell as Strictly judge'

The singer is reportedly interested in becoming a Strictly judge.

Former Strictly Come Dancing winner Harry Judd is reportedly in talks to return to the hit BBC show.

According to The Sun, the BBC would love him to take a coveted seat at the judging panel's table.

He'd be replacing Dame Darcey Bussell, who bowed out just last year.

The 33-year-old Busted drummer lifted the glitter ball trophy eight years ago with dance partner Aliona Vilani.

Harry is a devoted family man. (Credit: Instagram @HarryJudd)

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And apparently BBC bosses think he's just what the show needs to bring in younger audiences.

A sourced told The Sun: "Strictly bosses are desperate to appeal to younger viewers, as they know that is the age group they need to build on.

He is popular, very charismatic and has experience of dancing both on Strictly and in the West End

"Last year that was behind the decision to sign up YouTuber Joe Sugg as a contestant. And Harry has millions of young fans thanks to McFly. He is popular, very charismatic and has experience of dancing both on Strictly and in the West End, after appearing in Rip it Up."

Darcey left the show earlier this year (Credit: BBC)

The source added that as Harry is married and with children, he'll likely win over older audiences too.

The insider said: "They know that he would also hit the right note with older audiences as he is very much a family man, he is a dad with two children. Talks are ongoing at the moment, but as it stands, Harry is a firm favourite."

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Harry appeared in Rip it Up last year,  16 week West End show that celebrated the music and dance of the 60's.

Harry practicing his dance moves on the Rip it Up stage. (Credit: Instagram @HarryJudd)

A smash hit, Harry danced each performance, advancing his Strictly dancing skills even further.

And Strictly are certainly not opposed to choosing a former contestant as a judge.

Alesha Dixon competed on the show in 2007, and went on to serve as a judge from 2009-2012.

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