Shirley Ballas moves closer to replacing Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing
4 May 2017 - 9:00 AM

Shirley Ballas moves closer to replacing Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing

Shirley Ballas has been called back for a second audition to replace Len Goodman on "Strictly Come Dancing".

The 73-year-old TV star left the BBC show last year and the broadcaster is currently looking around for his replacement, with Shirley - who is a British ballroom dancer - apparently impressing during her screen tests at Elstree Studios.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "They are definitely interested in Shirley and she's the only one they've wanted to have another look at, which has to be a good sign.

"She has a ballroom background, like Len, and BBC chiefs are keen to appoint another woman soon now that the audition list has got out.

"No decision has been made though yet as there's still some who want a show favourite to land the role for the fans and keep continuity."

Shirley Ballas would feel 'honoured' to return to Strictly Come Dancing

4 May 2017 - 9:00 AM

Shirley Ballas would feel 'honoured' to return to Strictly Come Dancing

Among the other candidates to have tried out for the role are dancers Anton du Beke and Brendan Cole, while ex-pro Karen Hardy is also seemingly keen on replacing Len.

However, the BBC has insisted a decision has not yet been taken.

Strictly Come Dancing final routines revealed

4 May 2017 - 9:00 AM

Strictly Come Dancing final routines revealed

A BBC spokeswoman said: "As yet no one has been offered the role of Strictly's new judge."

Meanwhile, Darcey Bussell recently admitted she will miss "bossy" Len on the upcoming series.

The retired ballet dancer says Len will be sorely missed from the judging panel when the show returns to TV screens later in 2017.

She said: ""Strictly" is going to really miss him. He is incredibly clever, ­brilliant at what he does.

"He's an institution. He has his own Len Goodman academy, totally successful at everything he does. It was a real pleasure to be with him ... Bossiest judge was Len, but it was his job to be bossy and so he should have been - but I don't know who would come in next."

Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing
16 December 2017

Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing

Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing
Charlotte Dawson was visited by her late father's spirit
16 December 2017

Charlotte Dawson was visited by her late father's spirit

Charlotte Dawson was visited by her late father's spirit
Gemma Atkinson was told she was 'too muscular' for Strictly Come Dancing
16 December 2017

Gemma Atkinson was told she was 'too muscular' for Strictly Come Dancing

Gemma Atkinson was told she was 'too muscular' for Strictly Come Dancing
Sam Thompson: Gemma Collins 'sets my juices on fire'
16 December 2017

Sam Thompson: Gemma Collins 'sets my juices on fire'

Sam Thompson: Gemma Collins 'sets my juices on fire'
Alexandra Burke didn't feel 'mentally ready' for Strictly Come Dancing
16 December 2017

Alexandra Burke didn't feel 'mentally ready' for Strictly Come Dancing

Alexandra Burke didn't feel 'mentally ready' for Strictly Come Dancing
Debbie McGee doesn't have 'time' to find love
16 December 2017

Debbie McGee doesn't have 'time' to find love

Debbie McGee doesn't have 'time' to find love
Rylan Clark-Neal is a 'cool dad'
16 December 2017

Rylan Clark-Neal is a 'cool dad'

Rylan Clark-Neal is a 'cool dad'
Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
15 December 2017

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams
15 December 2017

Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams

Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams
Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
15 December 2017

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
Rylan Clark-Neal quits This Morning
15 December 2017

Rylan Clark-Neal quits This Morning

Rylan Clark-Neal quits This Morning
Holly Willoughby shoves heat pads down bra for This Morning
15 December 2017

Holly Willoughby shoves heat pads down bra for This Morning

Holly Willoughby shoves heat pads down bra for This Morning
Most viewed
Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
trending_up 6
15 December 2017

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
Mollie King snubbed from Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour
trending_up 5
15 December 2017

Mollie King snubbed from Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour

Mollie King snubbed from Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour
Holly Willoughby shoves heat pads down bra for This Morning
trending_up 5
15 December 2017

Holly Willoughby shoves heat pads down bra for This Morning

Holly Willoughby shoves heat pads down bra for This Morning
Natalie J Robb teases 'twists and turns' in Emmerdale
trending_up 4
15 December 2017

Natalie J Robb teases 'twists and turns' in Emmerdale

Natalie J Robb teases 'twists and turns' in Emmerdale
Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
trending_up 4
15 December 2017

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'

Jonny Mitchell tried to end with Steph Pratt on 'good terms'
Charlotte Dawson was visited by her late father's spirit
trending_up 4
16 December 2017

Charlotte Dawson was visited by her late father's spirit

Charlotte Dawson was visited by her late father's spirit
Binky Felstead found living with boyfriend a huge 'shock'
trending_up 4
15 December 2017

Binky Felstead found living with boyfriend a huge 'shock'

Binky Felstead found living with boyfriend a huge 'shock'
Gemma Atkinson was told she was 'too muscular' for Strictly Come Dancing
trending_up 4
16 December 2017

Gemma Atkinson was told she was 'too muscular' for Strictly Come Dancing

Gemma Atkinson was told she was 'too muscular' for Strictly Come Dancing
Shirley Ballas would feel 'honoured' to return to Strictly Come Dancing
trending_up 4
15 December 2017

Shirley Ballas would feel 'honoured' to return to Strictly Come Dancing

Shirley Ballas would feel 'honoured' to return to Strictly Come Dancing
Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams
trending_up 4
15 December 2017

Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams

Spencer Matthews wants to do sports show with Vogue Williams
Zoe Ball's new love
trending_up 3
10 December 2017

Zoe Ball's new love

Zoe Ball's new love
Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing
trending_up 3
16 December 2017

Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing

Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing