Who do you think it's going to be?
When the news broke that Strictly Come Dancing Head Judge and ballroom legend, Len Goodman was hanging up his ‘Number 7’ score paddle and leaving the show – we heard the whole nation gasp in unison.
Not only is he our favourite judge ever (sorry Bruno), he’s also part of the BBC furniture!
But sadly there was no convincing the 72-year-old to stay another series, so the search for the next Head Judge had to begin – and they have some BIG shoes to fill.
Names quickly hit the rumour mill for his replacement with insiders suggesting that one of the current judges – Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood – will be promoted into the Head Judge role – with the new recruit filling their spot.
But as speculation hits an all time high, it’s veteran dancer Anton Du Beke who’s the latest favourite set to take on the challenge.
According to The Sun the 50-year-old Strictly professional is undergoing a screen test to see how he will fit in on the new-look panel as a source said: ‘Everyone loves Anton and he has been one of the favourites for the job because of his seniority and for being on the show since it started.
‘He would be like a younger Len and the transition would definitely be a smooth one.
‘They’ve obviously not ruled out other people but it’s a good sign for Anton.’
Ooo. Lucky, Anton! But he’s not the only one in the running and we’ve rounded up the favourites to score a seat on the judging panel…
The BBC were accused of ageism when they dropped former pro, Karen from the show back in 2009, but now the 46-year-old has hinted that she wants the top job by urging show chiefs to bring another ‘strong woman’ to the panel.
The previous Strictly winner told The Sun: ‘It would be an absolute honour to stay part of a show I’m so passionate about.’ Well she’s definitely keen…
The 50-year-old pro dancer named the ‘Ballroom Giant’ on Dancing With The Stars, is hotly tipped to take the spot and is actually good pals with Len himself.
The Essex-born star has won over 30 dancing titles so is definitely qualified for the job and along with Anton, Gary’s also thought to be undergoing a BBC screen test to see if his personality matches his talent.
The New Zealand born dancer hasn’t exactly seen eye-to-eye with the judges in his time as a professional on the show.
But with 14 series’ under his belt and a fiery personality we think Brendan would make a great judge although we’re not sure he’s too keen as he previously called Len ‘irreplaceable’. Agreed.
Would the BBC bring back a previous judge? Well ITV did it with presenter, Dermott O’Leary so anything’s possible…
The former judge sat on the panel between 2004 until 2008 before being replaced by Alesha Dixon and when asked who she thinks should return, Arlene told The Mirror: ‘Me, of course. Who else? The BBC will do what they want. Anton has been suggested. He’d be a lot of fun.’
You might not have heard of Helen but she’s actually been a judge on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars for 15 series’ so definitely has the experience to do the job.
Not only was she a pro dancer but she also coaches and judges professional tournaments – and apparently BBC bosses are VERY impressed by Helen…
Who’re you backing? Let us know @Celebsnow