It all unfolded as Darcey was interviewed by Zoe Ball on Strictly Come Dancing sister show It Takes Two.
Zoe, 47, was determined to find out how the former ballerina was finding the standard of this year’s contestants on the BBC programme.
The 49-year-old appeared to have nothing but praise for them, but she did reveal something surprising.
“It’s outstanding isn’t it?,” Darcey began.
“You don’t always expect theres always going to be that many that have that strength and so many skills.
“It’s really a treat for us as judges to know there is so much potential.”
She continued: “I think the girls are definitely coming out stronger which is quite exciting.”
“Fighting talk for the boys!” Zoe exclaimed.
“We do need a girl winner which I’d be quite excited about,” Darcey admitted.
So do Darcey’s comments mean a female contestant is destined for glory?
Faye Tozer wowed viewers and judges alike with her Quickstep last week and achieved the highest score of the season so far with 36 points.
Subsequently it has placed her as the favourite-to-win with bookmakers.
OddsMonkey has odds of 7 to 2 for Faye taking home the Glitterball trophy.
A spokesperson said: “Faye is now favourite, and few could argue against that – she has started off wonderfully well, and that now means the top-five in the betting have all been favourite at some stage, and it looks hard to see beyond one those celebrities winning.”
Darcey had a grand entrance on the show which saw Zoe stop the proceedings for her.
Just as Darcey was about to walk on, Zoe said: “Hang on a minute, cut the music.
“I said Dame Darcey Bussell. Can we have something a little bit more appropriate please?”
Viewers then saw the camera turn back to Darcey, whilst professional dancers AJ Pritchard, 23, and Oti Mabuse, 28, were seen playing royal trumpets.
“Please be upstanding for Dame Darcey Bussell,” Zoe shouted.
Strictly Come Dancing 2018 continues tomorrow at 6.40pm on BBC One.
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