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Darcey Bussell officially announced the news of her departure from Strictly on Twitter last week.
And, according to a report, professional ballet dancer Carlos Acosta is being eyed-up by BBC show bosses to sauté into her vacant seat on the judging panel.
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The globally sought-after choreographer, 45, who has danced with Darcey before on numerous occasions, is said to be after an eye-watering fee of £400,000 to take on the TV gig.
According to The Sun, the internationally revered Cuban choreographer has already agreed to be Birmingham Royal Ballet's new artistic director from 2020.
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And in order to have the ballet dancer on the Strictly panel, show bosses may have to fork out a rumoured £400,000 — which is around £150,000 more than the other judges get.
A Strictly insider told the publication: 'Carlos is a huge name in the dance world and has been on Strictly's radar for a long time.
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'Shirley Ballas popularity as head judge proves that audiences love genuine experts, even if they’re not a household name yet.
'Carlos is a vibrant character, full of energy, with vast experience in his field. He ticks all the boxes and has the backing of influential producers.'
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MailOnline has contacted Strictly Come Dancing and a representative for Carlos Acosta for comment.
UK-based ballet professional Carlos is married to former model Charlotte Holland, 37, with whom he shares three children, including two-year-old twin daughters.
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After joining the Royal Ballet in 1998, the dancer starred in productions of Swan Lake and the Nutcracker, amongst others, before leaving in 2015.
In 2014, he was awarded a CBE for his services to ballet.
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Darcey officially announced the news of her departure from Strictly on Twitter last week, as she explained she is ready to make a change after years a judge.
She said: 'It has been a...
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