The Strictly Spoiler is saddened to report that the former head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, Len Goodman has passed away over the weekend.
Len was head judge from the inaugural series in 2004 until 2016 when he retired from the panel being replaced by Shirley Ballas. He was also a judge on the US version from 2005 until retiring last year. He was known on the series for his mostly good natured judging, although he could go into the occasional rant if something wasn’t his cup of tea and of course his overenthusiastic awarding of 7 points accompanied by a SEEEEEVVVVERRRRRNNNN!!!!!
The Strictly Spoiler passes on his sympathies to Len’s family and friends and is sure the community will join in doing so. The loss of Len from the Strictly family is a huge loss and I am sure that when the 2023 series kicks off in September that there will be some kind of tribute to him.
Keep Dancing Len
It is being reported today that the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing will be Len Goodman’s final series and he will leave the judging panel after this series. Len has been on the panel since Strictly launched in 2004 and has served as head judge on the panel with the casting vote in the Dance Off in the event of a tie. Len has announced that he isn’t retiring and will continue with his radio shows on BBC Radio 2.
Anton Du Beke has emerged as the bookies favourite to replace Len with odds of 2-1 with Ladbrokes. Karen Hardy is 7-1 and Ian Waite 8-1. At longer odds Alesha Dixon is 25-1 to return to dish out 10s like nobody’s business and David Cameron whose diary is “remarkably light” now is 1000-1.
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