Well pickle our walnuts. As if any further evidence were needed that Shirley Ballas is the right woman for the Head Judge job on Strictly Come Dancing, it’s got to be this.
In a new interview, Shirley has revealed that she trained in ballroom dancing with none other than Strictly legend Len Goodman, and that he even used to judge her dancing when she was a child.
“I’ve known Len since I started in the dance industry many years ago and when I used to compete from about the age of 9 or 10 and he was one of the judges,” Shirley said. “However, our paths properly crossed when I was about 15 or 16 when I actually trained with him as a dancer.
“We have remained friends and at any dinner party we were at together, he was the life and soul of the party,” she added, making us wish above all else we had been at said dinner parties.
“Len always had great things to say about my dancing and I’m a big fan of his sense of humour and his insight into ballroom dancing,” she continued. “He played such an iconic role on Strictly and I know the viewers adored him!”
Taking up Len’s paddle as Head Judge on the Strictly panel, it seems as though Shirley won’t be cutting the celebrities any slack.