Award-winning radio presenter, Jonathan Vernon-Smith, said he would be looking for flamboyance and funnies when he sits in the judging chair for this year’s Strictly Northampton.
Mr Vernon Smith, who presents BBC Radio Northampton’s Treasure Quest, has been announced as one of the judges for this year’s event at the Royal & Derngate on Saturday, November 24.
The fourth Strictly Northampton is well on the way to being a sell- out, and the Chron is again joining forces with BBC Radio Northampton and Step By Step Dance School to make it happen.
And the event is supporting a new cause this year – Cynthia Spencer Hospice – following the successful campaign to build a new haematology unit at Northampton General Hospital.
Mr Vernon-Smith said: “I can’t profess to be a magical mover myself, but I know enough to be honest about other people.
“I will be looking for flamboyant moves. I get bored easily, so if the dancing is boring I’m likely to be quite scathing.
“I’ve been broadcasting in Northamptonshire since 2005 and people either love me or hate me. I suspect that is why I have been asked to do this!”
Mr Vernon-Smith says he is a fan of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, which the show is based on, but says he won’t be following in the footsteps of their judging team.
He said: “I usually get into it quite late, and I usually support the comedy acts. Ann Widdecombe was fantastic; it was brilliant seeing her thrown around the floor like Big Bird. I guess the difference between the judges on the show and me is they are dancers and are judging from a technical perspective. I will be judging on dancing that looks right and looks funny. I might have a glass of Pinot Grigio before, so I am a bit more loose with my lips.”
Tickets for Strictly Northampton are available by calling Northampton 624811 or visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk