Len Goodman: Ex Strictly judge says BBC are already ‘picking’ celebrities for 2020 series

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Len Goodman, 76, who quit the show back in 2016, has said he is “pretty sure” that Strictly Come Dancing will ‘go ahead” as planned, but with newly imposed coronavirus precautions in place. The former judge even suggested that this year the programme could feature some huge names, who would relish an “opportunity” in the spotlight after lockdown measures have eased.

Eugenie might join

Len Goodman

He exclusively told Express.co.uk: “I’m pretty sure the BBC will go ahead with the series. They are already picking celebrities to go on it.”

He added: “They may get some really well-known celebrities on it because they have not been doing much work over the last few months.

Len said it was a “wonderful opportunity” for stars to get back out into the spotlight, as the programme usually attracts a huge audience.

Last year, Campaign Live said the show averaged 7.7 million viewers during its airing.


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One particularly avid fan is The Duchess of Cornwall, who told host Tess Daly that she never misses the programme.

When asked if viewers might see a royal on this season of Strictly, Len teased: “Who knows!”

The former ballroom champion recalled meeting Camilla last year at a dancer function.

He said: “Camilla is charming, and I really enjoyed meeting her at a do, she was lovely.”

“(Princess) Eugenie might join, I don’t know,” he speculated.

Back in 2011 professional Strictly dancer Brendan Cole said Princess Eugenie would be a serious contender if she ever appeared on the show, after a twirl with her at a charity event.

Meanwhile, Len has been spending most of his time at home with wife Sue Goodman, 55, as he continues to follow the government guidelines for over 70’s to shield during the coronavirus pandemic.

The former professional ballroom performer admitted that he thought spending a lot of time indoors with his wife would lead to a “divorce”.

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However, the couple discovered new ways to enjoy their quality time together, as well as learning how to save money on their energy bills.

Len shared: “I’ve learnt things from helping older people and their concerns about bills.

“I used to charge my phone before bed and then leave it overnight when it only needs an hour.

“It’s a complete waste, so I got on to a website called Smart Energy GB which gives you a lot of information about how you can save money and save energy.”


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The dance judge has said he will continue to remain in isolation until he feels it is safe to return to normal life.

He confessed: “If they (government) say you can go out, I’m still not going to do it, I’m a scaredy-cat.”

Strictly Come Dancing is scheduled to air back on screens this autumn on BBC One.

Smart Energy GB is working with Len Goodman to raise awareness of the advice available to older people who may have energy bill concerns as well as simple ways to reduce energy consumption at home.

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