Tess Daly says 'Strictly Come Dancing' is "feel-good television at its finest".
The BBC One show is to return to TV screens tonight for its 10th series and Tess - who has hosted it since it began in 2004 alongside Bruce Forsyth - doesn't think viewers will ever tire of it.
She said: "Even when someone fails, there's never an underlying nastiness or cruelty. We're an affectionate show and we're not poking fun at anyone. 'Strictly' is feel-good television at its finest. People are part of it - they feel 'Strictly' is their show. And we love that.
"I've grown up with it, I suppose. I live and breathe it. It's like a family and we're all coming back together."
Tess is also looking forward to seeing how ballerina Darcey Bussell copes on the judging panel alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli after Alesha Dixon quit to join 'Britain's Got Talent'.
She told Weekend magazine: "None of us had any idea Alesha was going to leave. Of course, initially I was disappointed. I'd known her since I got into television. I loved the girl. But she's going to make a success of whatever she chooses in life.
"I've spoken to Darcey and I told her, 'Keep those boys in line. Treat them mean and keep them keen!' "