Strict legend Len Goodman has defended the new judge in the series, Motsi Mabuse, claiming that she can not win in assessing her sister Oti.
The former chief judge expressed her condolences to the newcomer and told The Sun Online exclusively that the South African would receive "criticism" no matter how she rates her siblings.
The 75-year-old told us at Farmfood's British Par Three Championship: "This will be the hardest thing for Motsi, can you imagine if Oti will finish in the last two places in the dance-off?
"Whatever decision she makes, Motsi gets criticized, and if she passes Oti, people will say she does her sister a favor, and if she votes her, they'll say she did not want to be seen in the family to keep." "
But Len, a senior judge for twelve years, has called on Motsi to judge with integrity – and to release her sister if she has to.
"I was in a similar situation when I had to judge students or former students in dance competitions," he recalls.
"All you can do is make the decision based on what you see and try to act with integrity, I'm sure Motsi will do that, and if that means you'll have to opt out of Oti then she has to do that. "
When her appointment was announced, Motsi was prosecuted by allegations. She won the role because she is a black woman.
Even choreographer Louie Spence said the BBC's choice was "box-ticking," but Len disproves that idea.
"I do not agree with that," he said. "Whichever choice the BBC made, it would have received criticism. They're damned if they do, and damn if they do not.
"I do not know Motsi personally, but after all I've heard and seen, she has done the German version of Strictly very well, and she obviously impressed the BBC because she would not get that job otherwise For good reason we give her a chance now and see how she is. "
Motsi, former German Latin American Champion and South African Champion, is already a recognized judge of the German version of Strictly, Let's Dance.
She supplanted Anton Du Beke, who was one of the favorites in replacement of Darcey Bussell (50).
This means she will join Shirley (58), Bruno Tonioli (63) and Craig Revel Horwood (54) as the new jury.
"The panel has a good balance," Len added. "And Shirley has turned into a fantastic Head Judge."
Nevertheless, Len claimed Darcey's departure had shocked him and was a "big loss" to the show.
He also admitted that he had a tremendous liking for Anton (53) after he missed the gig.
Len said, "I'm a big Anton fan. He is not only a brilliant dancer, he is a fantastic personality.
"I think the BBC should eventually try to reward him for his loyalty with a role in the series, and I hope they do."
In the meantime, Len announced that he likes the look of this year's cast.
These include Made in Chelsea's Jamie Laing (31), former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley (35) and former Englishman David James (48).
And he added that people should direct their eyes to Viscount Emma Weymouth, 33.
"Everyone loves a bit of kingship … so they can do well," Len said. "The mix this year seems to be really good and you never know who's going to dance until this first show.
"And as we've seen, not always the best dancer wins, that's why Strictly is still undoubtedly the best on television."
But despite more than a decade of work on the program, Len says he has no chance to return.
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"I had my time," he insisted. "I did not want to keep going until I was a dripping wreck. And you can only say so much about the Viennese waltz.
"People are still coming up to me on the street saying," We wish you were still with us. "
"I have a couple of TV projects in the pipeline, nothing official yet, but we'll see. I am relaxed. If they do not achieve anything, I will spend more time playing with the grandchildren than now. "
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