Len Goodman recently announced that he had quit Strictly Come Dancing after a decade and fourteen series on the show, making the upcoming run his last.
He 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.”
Now with Len bowing out, there is a space on the judging panel and a few suggestions have already been thrown around.
Arlene Phillips, who was axed from the show in 2009 and replaced by Alesha Dixon, wants a comeback on the show.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Arlene admitted that she wasn’t surprised by Lens’s departure.
“I think Len for a while has been hopping there and back to America. I’m not surprised. I think he’s had enough,” she explained. “Actually on the last couple of series sometimes, I know everyone calls him grumpy, but oh my goodness!
“He really has let the fact that he is tired or irritated show. That’s what everyone loves about him.”
As for who she thinks should replace Len on the panel, Arlene told the newspaper: “Me, of course. Who else?”
The choreographer, who was also judged BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, added: “The BBC will do what they want. Anton (Du Beke) has been suggested. He’d be a lot of fun.
“It’s not as easy judging. It’s not just about knowledge of ballroom and latin. There’s so much involved, with the professionals, with the celebrities, with the entertainment. I think you have to be able to deliver both really well.”
The BBC says it’s too early to say who will be taking over from Len next year with this autumn’s series still yet to start.
It would be great to have Arlene back on the panel!