Shirley Ballas “dropped to her knees” when she found out she landed the Head Judge role on Strictly Come Dancing.

The 56-year-old dancer will replace Len Goodman on the panel when it returns to screens later this month but she has admitted she never expected to land the job.

Speaking on Lorraine on Friday (08.09.17), she said: “I was at work in Los Angeles in the studio and the phone went and I excused myself from the lesson and I just dropped to my knees when the lady said we want to offer you the job. So many great people went for the lovely role… and they chose me with my credentials.”

Shirley is certainly ready for the role as she’s been having lessons with Len in the run up to the series launch.

Speaking of Len, she said: “Len I’ve known all my life, I did some lessons with him, he’s a friend of the family, he’s knows my children. He’s just an amazing man and he’s a fan of me and I’m a fan of him.”

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