Len Goodman's Strictly Come Dancing replacement revealed? Meet the favourite to takeover

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There's a new favourite to be Len Goodman's Strictly Come Dancing replacement this year.

And his name is Gary Edwards.

Len confirmed before the last series that the 2016 show 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.”

A number of names have already been rumoured for Len's job, and now a new face has proved to be a favourite.

Gary Edwards is a ballroom expert and has worked on the US show Dancing With The Stars.

Ahead of the BBC making any official announcement, bookies have made Gary the tip to replace Len on Strictly this year.

William Hill spokesperson Joe Crilly said: "When betting first opened on this market, we were almost certain that Anton would be taking over from Len.

"However a consistent gamble on Gary Edwards has meant that he is now the clear favourite and while there has been no word from the BBC, we feel that an announcement will come very soon given how much attention this market has received recently."

Other names linked to the show include mainly pro dancers such as Anton Du Beke, Brendan Cole and Karen Hardy.

Also rumoured is current Strictly choreographer Jason Gilkison.

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One later this year for its brand new series.

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