Strictly Come Dancing’s Len Goodman to perform a farewell dance in the Christmas special

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome head judge Len to the dance floor


Len Goodman will mark his final appearance on Strictly Come Dancing with a special performance. 


The dance expert recorded the Christmas special on Monday night. When it airs on 25th December it will be his last ever show as a Strictly judge. 

Usually we only see Goodman showing off his moves during the Results Show’s “Len’s Lens”, when he demonstrates for Claudia Winkleman exactly where the celebs have been going wrong.

But this time it is understood that Goodman dusted off his dance shoes and performed as part of a spectacular group number as his parting gift to the series that has made him a household name. 

The 72-year-old has been with the show since it began in 2004, seeing it through 14 series.

Announcing his decision in July, Goodman said: “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.”

Alongside his fellow judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, as well as hosts Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman, Goodman will say goodbye to the dance floor during the annual Christmas special.


They will welcome back former contestants Denise Lewis, Melvin Odoom, Frankie Bridge, Pamela Stephenson, Ainsley Harriott and Gethin Jones as they compete for the Christmas Silver Star trophy.