Strictly Come Dancing may see FIVE judges next year as Len Goodman steps down

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 judges

Strictly Come Dancing could get a brand new look next year with five judges.

We already know that Len Goodman is stepping down after more than a decade after the current series, but it's now been suggested he may see TWO replacements.

A range of names have been linked to the role, including former pro Karen Hardy, current pros Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole and even former judge Arlene Phillips.

The Sun now reports that we could see a line up of five judges next year, which would do away with the need of a head judge.

Currently Len has the casting say in the eliminations, but it's a power that the remaining judges have said they don't want.

“Replacing Len is proving a real headache because he has such experience and is so well respected," a source said today.

The insider told The Sun newspaper that producers weren't sure about taking a risk on an 'inexperienced' pro performer or sticking with a judge from a past or international series of the show.

The insider claimed: "There is a feeling without Len’s calming measured influence the panel might need a fifth judge to stop there being a deadlock and casting vote.

"It is an idea that has been discussed privately."

The source explained: “The plan would be for Anton - or the other judge - to join the panel and the other judge to join for the results show to stop there being a need for a casting vote currently used by Len.”

For now, Strictly Come Dancing continues Saturday and Sunday nights on BBC One.

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