Is this Len Goodman's replacement on Strictly Come Dancing?


A new replacement for Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing has been rumoured.

We already know that head judge Len will be stepping down from Strictly at the end of the year but who is taking over?

Well it's been claimed that 'ballroom giant' Gary Edwards could be sitting alongside Bruno Tonioli next year.

The Daily Mirror reports that the man who supposedly taught Michael Jackson to Cha Cha may replace Len next year.

A Strictly insider told the tabloid: “Gary got to know Bruno a few years ago when he defended him on Twitter and they have been friends ever since.

“Behind the scenes Bruno has been pushing Gary’s name forward as a possible. Gary is very similar to Len and has a lot of experience.”

Gary himself is quoted by the newspaper as saying “Len inspired and encouraged me as a seven- year-old and dancing is in my blood.

“I can say I had two interviews with Dancing With The Stars when it was thought Len might quit the American show. I’m flattered I should be linked with Strictly Come Dancing.”

Other names in the running are said to include current Strictly pro Anton Du Beke and former pro Karen Hardy, who currently appears on spin-off It Takes Two.

Len confirmed earlier this year that the 2016 series of Strictly would be his last on British TV.

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.

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"This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else."

He added: "It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”

For now, Strictly (with Len) is back this Saturday night live on BBC One.

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