Shirley Ballas confirmed as new judge on Strictly Come Dancing
Shirley Ballas has been confirmed as the new judge on Strictly Come Dancing.
Former Dancing with the Stars panellist Shirley will be filling the shoes of Len Goodman after he walked away from the BBC series last year, and she has admitted she is “over the moon” to be taking on the role as head judge.
She said: “I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity. I can’t wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel. Strictly Come Dancing is so loved by the British public, I have always been a massive fan. I just can’t wait!”
The 56-year-old star is known as the “Queen of Latin” and for good reason too! She is three-time British Open to the World Latin American Champion, 10-time United States Latin American Champion, and multiple-times British National Champion.
Fellow judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood all expressed their excitement over welcoming Shirley to the Strictly panel.
Bruno said: “I know Shirley well – she is an incredible Latin dancer and trainer and I am sure she will be a great addition to the Strictly team.”
Darcey added: “I look forward to meeting Shirley and welcoming her to our Strictly Come Dancing team. Her years of experience in Ballroom and Latin dancing are impressive and I’m sure she will be a great addition to our judging panel.”
Craig concluded: “Fantastic news that Shirley will be joining me and the other judges on the panel. I look forward to working with her on the next series of Strictly!”
Shirley and the rest of the Strictly gang will return to our screens when the show makes a comeback in September of this year. We can’t wait!
Strictly Come Dancing will return September 2017 on BBC One.