Len Goodman emotional as he prepares to leave Strictly Come Dancing

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Len Goodman is getting emotional as he prepares to step down from Strictly Come Dancing.

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.

"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.”

Now with fewer and fewer live shows left, Len is said to be realising this really is his last year.

Len's fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood spilled: “As we escalate to the final he is starting to feel the pinch of that a little bit.

“He is starting to feel a little bit melancholy and a little bit sad.

“Like when it was the Halloween special, he’ll say, ‘Oh this is the last one!’"

And Craig added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I will miss him. He is going out with flying colours. Len has been wonderful and I absolutely adore him and I adore our on-screen arguments.”

While Len's final series of Strictly ends next month his final episode won't be until Christmas day as he steps down for good during the annual one-off festive special on BBC One.

For now, Strictly Come Dancing is back in Blackpool tonight on BBC One from 7:15PM for the latest results show.

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