Brendan Cole could join the US version of Strictly Come Dancing

Brendan Cole could join the US version of Strictly Come Dancing after being dropped by the BBC.


Brendan had been a pro dancer on the British show for the past 14 years but announced his exit earlier this year on ITV’s Lorraine.

Speaking about leaving Strictly, Brendan said: “They’ve made an editorial decision not to have me back on the show. I’m in shock. I got a phone call. I’ve had 15 incredible series.”

Brendan admitted: “I’m disappointed. I’ve always known this day would come. I’m a very strong character, some don’t like that.

“I’ve never been contracted for more than one year. I still wanted to be part of it. My passion is still very much there.”

Brendan Cole appears on Lorraine after being axed from Strictly Come Dancing

Now Brendan has been rumoured for a move to the US, thanks to former Strictly judge Len Goodman.


Len stepped down from Strictly in 2016 after a decade but still judges the American version, Dancing With The Stars.

According to The Sun newspaper, Len has been encouraging US bosses to sign Brendan up.

“Brendan is really interested in a move over to LA to appear in Dancing With The Stars,” a source said today. “It’s a real compliment that they are interested and would be a big two fingers up to Strictly who unceremoniously dropped him.

“He sees it as a fresh start potentially and a way to make a new career for himself.”

The insider added: “Dancing with the Stars attracts massive US names and is on twice a year so financially he could be so much better off, as well as all the other opportunities it would open him up too.”

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Meanwhile, dancer Marius Iepure is being lined up to take over from Brendan on Strictly.


He’s the husband of current pro performer Oti Mabuse.

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in the autumn.