Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has been ‘lined up to replace Len Goodman’ on US show Dancing With The Stars.
With Dancing With the Stars wrapping up its 31st season next week, it was revealed on Monday’s episode that head judge Len Goodman will be leaving the show.
According to SunShirley Bassey, who has been the leader of Strictly since 2017, is vying to take on the role of Len as she continues her work on the BBC dance competition.
New concert? Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas has been ‘lined up to replace Len Goodman’ on US show Dancing With The Stars
A source told the publication: “Len’s departure leaves a big hole on the panel, but the show’s team feels Shirley would be a great addition.”
“Her experience is second to none and she has made no secret of the fact that she would love to spend more time with her son Mark, who lives in the United States with his wife Brittany.
“She could keep both her job on Strictly and a new role on Dancing with the Stars, like Len did for years.”
Len has appeared as a judge on Dancing with the Stars since 2005, a year after Strictly Come Dancing launched with him as the main judge in 2004.
She appeared as a judge on both shows until 2016, when she resigned from Strictly Come Dancing and Shirley took over as head judge.
Goodbye: With Dancing With the Stars wrapping up its 31st season next week, it was revealed on Monday’s episode that head judge Len Goodman will be leaving the show.
And Shirley could reportedly follow in his footsteps and serve as a judge on the two popular TV shows.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Shirley for comment.
It comes amid reports that Shirley is ready to “take a break” from the spotlight after this Strictly series comes to an end “due to vile web trolls,” but remains committed to the show for the long haul.
the Mirror reported that Shirley is so hurt by the abuse she received that she abandoned any plans she had to participate in panto this year.
Speaking to the publication, Shirley admitted that her physical appearance has been targeted by vicious online trolls.
Her take: Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas broke down in tears when she criticized the online backlash against her on an episode of Loose Women last month.
“The names that have been called to me, I couldn’t even repeat them,” he said.
‘Are you worried – ‘Do I look okay? Am I too heavy? They say, ‘Cover your bingo arms,’ and then he makes you think, ‘Should I wear a dress with sleeves?’
It’s just cruel. I have been in this industry for 50 years. I get awards for everything I’ve done, then getting someone who thinks I don’t understand what I’m talking about…’
He added that the BBC has been “brilliant” and offers advice and support as he urged people to be kind to one another.
Last month, Shirley lashed out at trolls who gave her backlash online during a ‘fix row’.
Some trolls demanded that she be fired for her criticism of celebrity contestants on this series.
Appearing on an episode of Women on the Loose last month, Shirley insisted: “I don’t have a bad bone in my body” while calling the comments “hurtful” and “explicit” online.
“The backlash and trolling has been a lot,” Shirley told the Loose Women panel.
Goodman, 78, has appeared as a lead judge on Dancing With the Stars since it debuted on ABC in 2005.
Panel: A source told the publication: “Len’s departure leaves a big hole in the panel, but the show team feels Shirley would be a great addition” (Shirley pictured with the Strictly judges)
He revealed in Monday’s semifinal episode on Disney Plus that he is leaving the show to spend more time with his family.
“This will be my last season as a judge on Dancing with the Stars,” Goodman began on Monday’s episode.
I have been with the program since it started in 2005, and it has been a great pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful programme, but I have decided that I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and family in Britain. Goodman added.
He served as the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2016 and on Dancing With the Stars for the first 20 seasons starting in 2005.
It has been a wonderful experience for me and I am looking forward to the end of next week. I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely brilliant,” Goodman concluded.
Goodman began dancing at 19 and turned professional at 20, winning several competitions before retiring at 20 after winning the British Championship.
Prior to Dancing with the Stars, he served as the main judge on the UK show Strictly Come Dancing, on which Dancing with the Stars was based.
Brilliant: ‘It’s been a wonderful experience for me and I’m looking forward to the end of next week. I’m sure it’s going to be absolutely brilliant,” Goodman concluded.