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Shirley Ballas Is the New Strictly Come Dancing Judge

Strictly Come Dancing's New Judge Has a Dancing With the Stars Connection

With the new series of Strictly Come Dancing about to begin, we'll finally get to meet the new judge who's replacing Len Goodman as head judge. The lucky lady is Shirley Ballas, three-time British Open to the World Latin American Champion and 10-time United States Latin American Champion. Known as the "Queen of Latin", not only is she hugely influential in the dance world, she's already very familiar with the celebrity show's format. She has appeared on the US version of the competition multiple times and is mum to Dancing With the Stars professional Mark Ballas (pictured with Shirley).

She was also instrumental in developing the careers of Julianne and Derek Hough, who, alongside Mark, lived and studied with Shirley and ex-husband Corky in London when they were children.

Shirley will join current judges Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, and Bruno Tonioli when Strictly returns this weekend for its launch show.

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