Errr, yes please!
Len, 72, is leaving after this year after twelve years of judging the most fabulous show on prime time Saturday TV. While speculation is rife as to who will take the top position, most are hoping and assuming it’s one person: Anton Du Beke.
The Australian dancer, who appeared on the 2014 series with Pixie Lott, told The Mirror: ‘It isn’t official yet, but it may as well be – it’s long been virtually guaranteed that Anton will fill any gaps on the judging panel.
‘He’s such a big part of the family and viewers love him, so BBC bosses know there’s no risk of it not working out.
‘The time is right and it’s a done deal.’
We’re all going to miss Len but Anton certainly feels like the natural successor. Len shocked the country when he finally said he was stepping down. Speaking at the announcement of his departure, Len Goodman said:
‘In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.
‘This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else.
‘It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.’
We’ll miss you Len! And everyone: cross your fingers and toes that Anton Du Beke manages to get the job!