When her replacement was announced as pro dancer Motsi Mabuse, sister of the programme's Oti, the jury was still out.
While she is a world-class dancer in her own right, Motsi wasn't known to Strictly's audience in the UK.
But it's safe to say that viewers think the BBC has made a very good decision with the award-winning performer - Twitter is awash with compliments and nods of approval an hour into her first appearance!
Fans seem particularly impressed with her one-liners. She told comedian Chris Ramsey: "Your face was fine but your body was on holiday!"
We've picked out just a handful of tweets singing her praises.
Your face was fine but your body was on holiday!
“You’re face was fine but your body was on holiday”. We’re two dances in and new judge Motsi has already had a couple of decent one-liners. #Strictly
— Suzanne Allan (@suzanneallan) September 21, 2019
“Your body was on holiday” lmao, I’m liking Motsi #strictly
— Caitlin (@la_faerie) September 21, 2019
Motsi is a fair, constructive knowledgeable and entertaining judge #Strictly
— Miss Kathy (@misskathyspeaks) September 21, 2019
Motsi Mabuse is my new girl crush. #Strictly
— Teresa McMahon (@TeresaITV) September 21, 2019
Motsi Mabuse's feedback is so great, constructive and nicely delivered ❤️ #strictly
— Natalie (@nlcorner) September 21, 2019
Motsi is a g0ddess I love her #Strictly
— (@StarCur1) September 21, 2019
— deutschmikey #FBPE #Stopthecoup (@deutschmikey) September 21, 2019
Actually liking Motsi's energy. You wouldn't even know Darcy is gone. #Strictly
— Lily W (@MissLSW) September 21, 2019
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