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Kellie Bright arrives at Kevin & Karen Clifton's first night as Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers and couples perform a selection of routines from various genres at New Wimbledon Theatre, Strictly Come Dancing - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 17th June 2017

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Joanne Clifton and Arlene Phillips

'Strictly Come Dancing' Reveals Len Goodman's Successor As Head Judge


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After months of speculation, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has at least revealed who is to replace Len Goodman as the panel’s head judge – and they’ve picked from the world of dance rather than from the world of celebrity.

Shirley Ballas, a former champion ballroom dancer who is nicknamed ‘The Queen of Latin’, is not exactly a household name, but it is she who is to step in when ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ returns later this year. A respected figure in the dance industry as a coach and as a judge, Ballas retired from dancing competitively in 1996.

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Karen Clifton and Ore Oduba at the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour Photocall held at Birmingham Genting Arena - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Thursday 19th January 2017

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Karen Clifton and Ore Oduba
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Karen Clifton and Ore Oduba

Ed Balls Eliminated From 'Strictly Come Dancing' After Unlikely Run


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After a memorable three months of awkward dad-dancing that has seen him become something of an improbably cult hero, former Labour politician Ed Balls has been eliminated from ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

The ex-shadow chancellor had progressed deep into the competition, regularly saved by the public vote in the face of increasingly low marks awarded by the judges. However, Balls’ luck eventually ran out, and he was sent home after losing a dance-off against Judge Rinder on Sunday night (September 27th).

Ed Balls Katya JonesEd Balls with his 'Strictly' pro partner Katya Jones

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'Strictly Come Dancing' Pro Gorka Marquez Loses Two Teeth In Street Attack


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Strictly Come Dancing’ pro Gorka Marquez was the victim of a street attack on Saturday night, which has left him with two missing teeth.

The 26-year-old was ambushed by a gang of youths in Blackpool as he made his way to a nightclub, hours after he took part in Saturday’s live show.

According to The Sun, he had been walking to the club with fellow ‘Strictly’ pros Aljaz Skorjanec and Neil Jones in the early hours of the morning, when the group targeted them in an unprovoked attack.

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Former 'Strictly' Star Ben Cohen Left "Devastated" After Sex Tape Leak


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Former England rugby international and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Ben Cohen has been left “devastated” after a private two-minute sex tape was leaked online.

The footage, which was apparently when the 38 year old was single, was stolen and published without his knowledge this week. Still images have been shared via social media and Cohen, who has since settled down with current girlfriend Kristina Rihanoff – whom he met on ‘Strictly’ in 2013 – and has had a baby daughter with her, is said to be mortified.

Ben Cohen Kristina RihanoffBen Cohen with current girlfriend Kristina Rihanoff in March

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Claudia Winkleman, Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly at the 'Strictly Come Dancing' launch held at Elstree Studios, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Laura Whitmore arrives for 'Strictly Come Dancing' rehearsals with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 19th October 2016

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Laura Whitmore and Giovanni Pernice

'Strictly Come Dancing' Race Row Intensifies After Naga Munchetty's Exit


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BBC competition ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ has found itself at the center of a ‘race row’ after a third non-white contestant left the show on Sunday.

BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty was eliminated by public vote last night, after finding herself in the bottom two with singer Anastacia. She is now the third non-white contestant to be voted off, after Tameka Empson and Melvin Odoom.

Daisy Lowe on her way to rehearsals for 'Strictly Come Dancing' in primrose hill, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 6th October 2016

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Ola Jordan Says Bruce Forsyth Nearly Caught Her Having Sex Backstage At 'Strictly'


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Ola Jordan has revealed that she once dodged a potentially very embarrassing incident with Sir Bruce Forsyth backstage at ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. In her new book, Strictly Ola: My Story, which is being serialised in the Mail on Sunday, the dancer described how she and husband James Jordan once got very passionate in the dressing room, only to be nearly caught by Brucie.

Ola Jordan and James JordanOla and James were nearly caught having sex by none other than Bruce Forsyth

Ola writes that she loved working with the TV legend, describing him as a 'genuine and lovely man'. She said that whenever you bumped into Bruce in the BBC TV Centre corridors, he’d always stop for a chat to ask how things were going, but one day she really wished he hadn’t.

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Craig Revel Horwood Knows The Real Reason Len Goodman Is Quitting 'Strictly'


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Craig Revel Horwood has revealed the real reason why Len Goodman has announced he’ll be stepping down from the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judging panel at the end of the year – because he no longer has the energy for all the travelling he does.

72 year old Goodman combines his head judge role on BBC One’s Saturday night favourite, which returns next weekend (September 3rd), with a judging position on America’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ – and the international travel it involves is getting too much for him.

Len GoodmanLen Goodman is stepping down from his 'Strictly' role after this series

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Laura Whitmore Will Join Ed Balls And Will Young On 'Strictly Come Dancing'


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TV presenter Laura Whitmore is the first female celebrity confirmed for the line-up of this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, which returns next month. Whitmore will join singer Will Young and former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who were announced earlier this week, to compete for the Glitterball Trophy.

Laura WhitmoreLaura Whitmore will compete in this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’

Confirming the news on Nick Grimshaw’s Radio One Breakfast Show this morning, Whitmore said: "I've always known I've wanted to do it. Even as a kid, my mum was like, 'One day, you'll do Strictly'. It's what she always wanted me to do it!

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Is Len Goodman Facing The Axe From 'Strictly Come Dancing'?


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Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman is reportedly facing the axe from the BBC series, in a bit to shake up the show and keep ratings high. Recently fans have been questioning the relevance of the 71-year-old judge, who also appears on the panel of US spin-off ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

Len GoodmanCould Len Goodman soon be leaving the ’Strictly’ judging panel?

The Daily Star reports that producers may drop Goodman from the judging panel as part of plans to keep the show ahead of 'The X-Factor'. BBC bosses are responding to calls from fans who have been criticising the judge during the show’s most recent series.

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Len Goodman Dismisses Ola Jordan And Jamelia 'Fix' Rumours On 'Strictly'


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Strictly Come Dancing’ judge Len Goodman has hit back at Ola Jordan’s recent claims that the show’s marking scores are fixed, dismissing them comprehensively in a new TV interview.

Professional dancer Ola confirmed her permanent departure from the BBC show last weekend, and has since implied that the judging panel systematically gives higher marks to more popular contestants in order to keep them in the show for longer.

At around the same time, eliminated star Jamelia also reckoned that the judges were keeping bookies’ favourite Peter Andre in the show after she lost the dance-off against the former pop star in week nine of the show this weekend.

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