Shirley Ballas will return to Strictly Come Dancing as head judge

5 April 2018, 08:09

Shirley Ballas - 2017 launch night

By Sam Lucas

Shirley has been brought back for a second series after her clash with now-axed dancer, Brendan Cole.

After her bust up with the now-axed Brendan Cole in the last Strictly Come Dancing series, fans were unsure of whether Shirley Ballas would return.

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However, it has now been revealed that the BBC have backed Shirley all the way, and she will be back again as a head judge on Strictly. 


So much fun at #Strictly!

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A source told The Sun: “Shirley and the BBC wanted to do another series so everyone’s chuffed they’ve come to an agreement. The whole panel is coming back.”

Shirley, who replaced Len Goodman as head judge last year, will once again be judging alongside, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell.

Fans became doubtful of whether she’d return after an on-air spat between herself and pro-dancer Brendan, after she criticised his dance with newsreader Charlotte Hawkins.

Whilst BBC bosses axed Brendan after losing patience with his confrontational ways, the source continued: "Viewers seemed to like the chemistry between them.”

And added that Shirley’s return is, “All verbally agreed. Formal contracts should be signed in the coming days.”

We can’t wait! 


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