Strictly Come Dancing’s ex judges – where are they now from Darcey Bussell to Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman


STRICTLY Come Dancing has had a really regular judging line-up for a present that is been on air for nearly 20 years.

In actuality, a few of the panel are nonetheless firmly in place and unlikely wanting all that hundreds older (hiya there, Craig Revel-Horwood).

Strictly’s distinctive line-up in 2004 – with Bruno, Arlene, Len and CraigCredit: BBC

However, some notable stars have left the panel over time, together with ballroom legends together with head resolve Len Goodman.

After disappearing had been Alesha Dixon, Darcey Bussell and Arlene Phillips, whose departure led to a nationwide outcry.

But where are Strictly’s most legendary judges now? We got here throughout…

Len Goodman

Former head judge Len Goodman on Good Morning Britain last week
Former head resolve Len Goodman on Good Morning Britain final weekCredit: Rex

Ballroom dancing machine Len clocked up a formidable 16 years on Strictly Come Dancing ahead of standing down in 2016.

Like Bruno Tonioli, he furthermore appeared on the big-budget (and, you’d take into accounts, bigger paid) American model, Dancing With The Stars.

The 77-year-old opted to protect merely that gig comparatively than endure the exhausting long-haul flights week after week concerned with doing each.

But he nonetheless pops up on British TV – take into accout the gameshow Partners In Rhyme anybody? – and has run a ballroom dancing college in Kent for 40 years.

Len furthermore discovered a particular part because of the king of nostalgia, net web internet hosting a Radio 2 present of music he grew up with plus the BBC’s Dance Band Days.

Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips, seen at the opening night of the Back To The Future musical this week
Arlene Phillips, seen on the opening evening time time of the Back To The Future musical this weekCredit: Rex

Dance legend Arlene was a Strictly Come Dancing legend nonetheless was modified on the present in 2008.

The change led to cries of ageism that even sparked debate contained in the House of Commons, regardless of being strongly denied by the BBC.

Arelene, who turned down a spot on the US model of Strictly, did take up a judging place when So You Think You Can Dance? hopped over to the UK in 2010.

She furthermore wrote a sequence of youngsters’s books and stays a towering resolve in British theatre, final evening time time coming to watch the primary evening time time of latest musical Back To The Future.

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon at the British LGBT Awards in London last month
Alesha Dixon on the British LGBT Awards in London final monthCredit: Getty

Former Mis-Teeq star Alesha Dixon did not had a comparatively non permanent life on Strictly, becoming a member of in 2009 nonetheless leaping ship to Britain’s Got Talent three years later.

She stays to be there, having knocked out 9 sequence of the ITV present alongside Simon Cowell, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

However, she did return to the BBC in 2019 to current The Greatest Dancer – one totally different Cowell manufacturing.

And it is protected to say the music mogul is a fan. Alesha, 42, furthermore judged his spin-off Australia’s Got Talent this 12 months and modified Mel B on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

Darcey Bussell

Darcey at the Royal Academy of Dance in London last year
Darcey on the Royal Academy of Dance in London final 12 monthsCredit: AFP

Classy Darcey, as shortly as of the world’s prime ballerinas, joined Strictly in 2012 as a substitute to the departing Alesha.

She is acutely aware of a component or two about stress – performing that very same 12 months on the London Olympics closing ceremony.

The 52-year-old star stood down from Strictly in 2019 nonetheless continues to work in telly collectively collectively together with her Channel 4 sequence Darcey Bussell’s Wild Coasts of Scotland lately achieved airing.

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno won't appear on Strictly this year but will reunite with Craig in 2022
Bruno will not seem on Strictly this 12 months nonetheless will reunite with Craig in 2022Credit: Rex

Long-time star Bruno stays to be a member of the Strictly UK judging panel – nonetheless we’re going to have to dwell with out his windmilling arms for some time.

He is being modified on the upcoming sequence by expert dancer Anton Du Beke, although will seem on the LA-based Dancing With The Stars.

The 65-year-old Italian, a fixture on Strictly provided that begin, was furthermore dominated out due to final 12 months’s flight restrictions nonetheless is anticipated to return in 2021.

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