While UK fans know next to nothing about the 56-year-old, former Strictly Come Dancing professional Natalie Lowe was taught by the former world champion.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Natalie, 37, revealed why there was no one better suited for the coveted hot seat alongside Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood – even if she was rooting for Anton Du Beke.
“She is absolutely one million per cent the right person for this role,” Natalie enthused. “However, obviously I love Len and it’s going to be a very different dynamic.
“I can’t honestly tell you how she’s going to work on the panel because, you know, TV changes people. People are telling me you’ll either like her or not.
“I’m not sure how she’s going to play it and I’m not sure how she’s going to be, but I do believe she is so credible and if she’s going to give someone a comment, you know that comment is like, yup. She’s the best person for the role.”
Although, Natalie did add: “I would have liked to have seen Anton there, I think that would have been awesome. But it’s nice to have a Latin expert on the panel.”
Natalie famously quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year after seven series on the hit BBC ballroom competiton.
Although, there’s no rest for the multi-talented performer, who not only boasts a string of her own titles under her belt but has launched her own company, Fit Steps, and is about to embark on her new show, Rip It Up, alongside former Strictly champions Jay McGuinness and Louis Smith.
“We’re showing off the amazing music and era and dance and feel and flare of the 1950s,” Natalie beamed. “We’re doing a Buddy Holly section, an Elvis section; and the amazing thing is we’re taking people on a journey so they can see all the old 1950s clips of just how they lived, in the adverts, which you know is like, ‘Oh my god!’
“It’s so cool how this show’s been produced, I just think it’s awesome.”
Of her burly new co-stars, Natalie cheered: “Louis and Jay are obviously in the show and they’re doing a wonderful job and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life; and Louis is saying the same.
“We’re all being pushed out of our comfort zone, which is really cool.”
You can buy tickets for Rip It Up here.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday September 9.