Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One this month with an all-star line-up including tv presenter Dan Stevens, McFly’s Tom Fletcher, actress Nina Wadia, comedian Judi Love and chef John Whaite.
Craig Revel Horwood and Shirley Ballas will be the judges, while Motsi Makube, Anton Du Beke, a professional dancer, will take over for Bruno Tonioli.
Tonioli, who is also a judge for the US show Dancing with the Stars, has been part of the Strictly Come Dancing judges panel since the beginning of the show in 2004.
He has worked alongside Len Goodman (another judge on Strictly Come Dancing) and Arlene Phillips (another judge). Here is a look back at the current status of former judges.
Choreographer Dame Arlene Phillips was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 until 2008.
Alesha Dixon was to replace her, prompting a row about age. At 66, Arlene was 36 years younger than the BGT judge.
Speaking about it in 2021, Arlene admitted she “didn’t have the strength” to fight the BBC about the decision, telling the Mail: “‘As a woman I should’ve thought about it, I should’ve demanded why the woman had gone, and three men remain.
“I should have asked them to analyse it. I should have had the strength to at least ask for reasons and if not getting the reasons, a damn well apology.”
In addition to Strictly Come Dancing, she has also been a judge on So you think you can dance? Canada’s CBC series Over the Rainbow.
She is currently the choreographer of the UK tour for Grease, the hit musical that is touring theatres across the country through November 2021.
Phillips will also be the choreographer for The Cher Show which will tour the UK between April 2022 and March 2023.
Len Goodman, 77, was one of the longest serving judges on Strictly Come Dancing, appearing on the show from 2004 until 2016.
Audiences will remember him for Len’s Lens. This was a feature that allowed him to examine the details of each dancer.
He currently lives in Kent. In an interview with Kent Live, he stated that he enjoys playing golf as well as other sports.
Goodman is also a regular guest on Tipping Point. He is also the founder of Goodman Dance Academy in Dartford.
Singer, dancer and former Mis-teeq group member Alesha Dixon was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing for three series between 2009 and 2011, replacing Arlene Phillips.
After being crowned the winner of the 2007 series, Dixon was also awarded the glitterball trophy.
Dixon is currently a judge for BBC’s Show The Greatest Dancer.
Australia’s Got Talent later this year was also scheduled to have Dixon as a judge.
According to reports, the show was delayed indefinitely because of the pandemic.
Alesha has also built bridges with her ex MC Harvey, who she ended her marriage with after discovering he was having an affair with singer Javine.
Speaking this year, MC Harvey revealed the pair had secretly met up at his step-dad’s funeral and cleared the air in a phone call after, saying on Anything Goes With James English podcast: “Alesha then rang me, six months before I met my wife, and she said:, ‘I just want you to be happy, Harv.
“I apologised to her about what happened in the past, we had a mature conversation. We talked about our kids, I said to her: ‘Your kids are beautiful.’ She said: ‘Your kids are beautiful.'”
Former ballerina Dame Darcey Bussell was a judge on Strictly Come Dancing from 2012 until 2018, replacing Alesha Dixon.
Bussell, who was the former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, led a group of dancers to perform Spirit of the Flame at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
Motsi Mbuse was added to the judging panel when Bussell resigned.
Bussell was elected President of the Royal Academy of Dance on May 12, 2012. He also hosted the British Ballet Charity Gala at Royal Albert Hall, June 3, 2021.
During her time on the show, rumours flew that Darcey and Shirley were embroiled in a secret “feud”, with a source saying in 2017 that Shirley immediately “put Darcey’s back up”.
They added: “She’s theatrical and loud, whereas Darcey is reserved and demure.
“They are professional and civil towards one another at work but they aren’t friends.”
Darcey later addressed the rumours there was tension between her and Shirley, telling the Daily Telegraph: “That’s quite funny. I’m not sure why. Perhaps we can ask for it? I’m not certain. I wonder if they would treat me differently if we were wearing two suits.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 7.45pm