Len Goodman's departure from Strictly Come Dancing has reportedly sparked a 'feud' between two of the show's pro dancers.
In a surprise move yesterday, Len QUIT Strictly Come Dancing 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 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."
However his decision to leave has allegedly resulted in pros Anton du Beke and Brendan Cole going head to head to take over from Len.
“Anton and Brendan have been with Strictly from the start and have been waiting for this opportunity,” an insider told The Sun newspaper this week. “Anton initially wanted to take over from Brucie when he quit as presenter. But Brendan is confident because he was a hit as a judge in New Zealand.”
Meanwhile a BBC insider revealed to the tabloid: “Everyone knows Anton and Brendan want the job desperately. They’re very knowledgeable and popular with fans.
“This series will be seen as an audition and they’ll be out to impress.”
Yesterday bookies Ladbrokes made Anton the firm favourite to get the job.
He was offered at odds of 2/1 with the bookmakers, while Alesha Dixon was given a 25/1 shot of switching back to Strictly from Britain's Got Talent.