Shirley Ballas has admitted that she is “over the moon” after being named on the judging panel for the next series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.
The dancer and international coach, who hails from Wallasey, will take over from Len Goodman as head judge when the BBC One show returns for its 15th season.
She says: “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’ is so loved by the British public and I have always been a massive fan. I just can’t wait!”
Nicknamed the Queen of Latin, Shirley is one of the most decorated dancers in the world having won the British Open three times and been named as British National champion on multiple occasions, as well as picking up numerous global honours.
She is also a sought-after adjudicator for ballroom and Latin American competitions judging around the world.
Louise Rainbow, executive producer of ‘Strictly’, says: “I am thrilled that Shirley has agreed to join our judging panel. The calibre of applicants for this role was exceptional but with her wealth of experience as a World Champion dancer, teacher and judge, she is the perfect fit for ‘Strictly’.”
‘Strictly Come Dancing’ will return for its 15th series in the autumn.