Strictly Come Dancing's new judge? Anton du Beke favourite to replace Len Goodman

Anton Du Beke

Anton Du Beke is the favourite to replace Len Goodman as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

In a surprise move, Len QUIT Strictly Come Dancing today after more than a decade and fourteen series.

Strictly's head judge revealed he will NOT be back on the panel next year, making the upcoming run this autumn his last.

Len Goodman said: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on."

Strictly pro dancer Anton Du Beke has now emerged as the front runner to step away from the dancefloor next year and sit behind desk instead at odds of 2/1 with bookmakers Ladbrokes.

Former Strictly pros Karen Hardy is rated as a 7/1 shot followed by Ian Waite at 8/1.

Or there's 12/1 on offer ex-Strictly judge Arlene Phillips makes a sensational return to the hit BBC 1 show and its 25/1 Alesha Dixon swaps BGT back for Strictly.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Fan favourite Anton has waltzed in as the hot tip to replace Len on the Strictly judging panel.

"If he misses out it looks like Karen or Ian could be next in line for the gig."

Strictly Come Dancing's new judge odds

Ladbrokes latest betting

To be a permanent presenter on Strictly Come Dancing 2017

2/1 Anton du Beke
7/1 Karen Hardy
8/1 Ian Waite
10/1 Louie Spence
10/1 Tom Chambers
12/1 Arlene Phillips
16/1 Kimberley Wyatt
16/1 Erin Boag
20/1 Wayne Sleep
20/1 Brendan Cole
20/1 Lionel Blair
20/1 Zoe Ball
25/1 Davina McCall
25/1 Ashley Banjo
25/1 Alesha Dixon

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