Darcey Bussell: Ex-Strictly judge ‘unnerved’ after facing ‘terrifying’ whirlpool

Strictly: Darcey Bussell addresses show’s ‘SCANDAL’

Darcey Bussell, who quit Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, has swapped her ballerina shoes for more appropriate walking boots as she explores the beautiful islands off of the west coast of Scotland in her latest project for Channel 4. The former BBC star opened up about an “unnerving” moment while on her explorations as the professional dancer sailed out onto the largest whirlpool on earth in Corryvreckan.

The 51-year-old revealed that the “terrifying” moment had left her feeling slightly shaken.

The revelation comes as the former Strictly judge will front her new series, Darcey Bussell’s Wild Coasts of Scotland.

The retired ballerina opened up about the incredible moment she faced one of the world’s largest whirlpools – Corryvreckan – a roaring vortex between the islands of Jura and Scarba that can sometimes be heard 10 miles away.

“We went on a good day and it was quite unnerving,” Darcey explained.

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“I can’t even imagine what it must be like on a windy, stormy day – terrifying.”

She continued: “You really appreciate the force of the water, and you have to have a really strong engine to go round it.

“If you were a swimmer, it would be bye-bye.”

The small-screen star – who has familial roots in Scotland – also addressed the significance of her trip.

Darcey revealed her stay on the Isle of Bute was particularly special because her Scottish grandfather, whose family owned a weaving mill, spent his childhood summers there.

She commented: “I’m so glad I had the opportunity to see it for myself.

“I was very close to my grandfather and he was desperate for me to go.”

“I’d seen so many pictures of him as a young boy there and it brought to life everything he used to talk about,” Darcey added to Radio Times.

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“For a kid born and brought up in Glasgow, it was such an adventure.”

The new show will be the first for Darcey’s latest travel series for Channel 4 which will also see her take a dive in open waters and sail across the west coast of Scotland.

Darcey’s solo TV project follows her departure from Strictly after seven years as a judge.

She previously took to social media to share the news of her exit back in 2019.

At the time, Darcey penned: “It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly for the past seven years, working with such a talented team.

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“I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire backstage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

“I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all.”

Darcey added: “I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.”

The former Strictly judge was replaced by Motsi Mabuse on the panel.

You can read the full interview with Darcey Bussell in this week’s Radio Times out now.

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