Former Strictly judge Len Goodman praises newcomer Shirley Ballas on her work

Former Strictly Come Dancing head judge Len Goodman has praised his successor for her work on this years series.

Len, 73, bid farewell to the Strictly ballroom last series after he announced that he would be stepping down as head judge on the BBC dancing competition.

Shirley Ballas – who took over from Len – has been praised for her work on the show, while others have taken to social media to voice their criticism of the judge.

But Len has revealed that Shirley has his backing, while also praising the former dancer for her work this year too.


Appearing on BBC Breakfast, Goodman said: “I think she’s done great. I really do. She’s her own self, she’s got good critiques.”

He also revealed that he too received criticism from viewers at one point of his time on the show, saying: “I remember I got terrible stick once. With the dance-off you have to just judge that dance.”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on BBC One.

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