Shirley Ballas confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
9 May 2017 - 12:00 PM

Shirley Ballas confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

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Shirley Ballas has been confirmed as the new judge on "Strictly Come Dancing".

The former "Dancing With the Stars" panellist is "over the moon" she's been chosen to take over from the legendary Len Goodman - who quit the show last year - as head judge on the ballroom and latin series when it returns to screens this September.

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!"

And the 56-year-old star - who is nicknamed the "Queen of Latin" - will certainly give the other judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood a run for their money as she's one of the most decorated professional dancers in the world.

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.

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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..." 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."

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While Craig said: "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..."!"

Although she's excited about her venture, Anton Du Beke and Karen Hardy are no doubt gutted they missed out on the role after being lined up earlier this year.

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