Strictly Come Dancing: Kristina Rihanoff to return next year as a judge?!

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Kristina Rihanoff has been linked to the Strictly Come Dancing panel next year.

The former professional dancer is the latest name rumoured to be joining the show when Len Goodman steps down.

The performer appeared as a pro on the show between 2008 and 2015 but stepped down last year to have a baby with husband Ben Cohen, who she danced with on the show.

Now it's been claimed that Kristina could be in line to make a comeback as a judge.

"If they asked me, then yes, I'd take it. I think I would be firm, but definitely a fair judge – especially to the professionals as I've been on the other side of it," Kristina told Heat magazine this week.

She added: "When you stand there facing the judges and they're ripping you apart, you want to tell them that they don't understand how many hours of hard work has gone into the performance."

It was claimed earlier this week 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.

The insider told The Sun newspaper: "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."

For now, Strictly is back this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One with its current panel.

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