Saturday 10 December 2016

Revealed: The favourites to replace Len Goodman on Strictly Come Dancing

Helen Pye

Published 14/07/2016 | 10:17

Judges (left-right) Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Judges (left-right) Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Katie Derham and Anton Du Beke during the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Choreographer Arlene Phillips will tour London in a bus in the run up to the Big Dance festival
Carlos Acosta salutes the crowd with his daughter Aila Acostaduring his final curtain call after performing 'Carmen' for the last time at The Royal Opera House on November 12, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for the Royal Ballet)
Karen Hardy. Photo: BBC

As Len Goodman steps down from his role as Strictly Come Dancing's head judge, we look at the favourites set to replace him.

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Professional dancer Anton du Beke is favourite to replace Goodman.

The popular dancer is at 2/1 to move from the dance floor to the desk, having danced on the show since it began in 2004.

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Here are other potential contenders:

Karen Hardy

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The former Strictly pro is a world-renowned Latin American dancer with her own dance school, proving she has the chops to take on the celebrities' cha-cha-cha. Hardy (right) regularly casts a critical eye over the show's dances on sister show It Takes Two in her 'Choreography Corner', so it would be a hop, skip and a jump to the main show's judging panel.

Arlene Phillips

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The campaign to bring Phillips back starts here. The veteran choreographer (73) was dropped from the show in 2009 in favour of former contestant Alesha Dixon (37). Having made her name as the director of dance troupe Hot Gossip, Arelene (right) also choreographed the film Annie, as well as music videos for the likes of Duran Duran and Whitney Houston, and West End classics including Starlight Express and Grease.

Carlos Acosta

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Cuban ballet dancer Acosta retired from The Royal Ballet in November 2015 after 17 years. Having danced with many of the world's leading ballet companies, he is considered the greatest male dancer of his generation and a star choreographer. With plenty of free time now in his schedule, Acosta (right)could easily turn his eye to rumoured contestant Louise Redknapp's Paso doble.

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