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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 31: Will Shirley Ballas replace Len Goodman on 'DWTS'?

After Len Goodman announced his retirement to spend time with his family, it was reported that 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Shirley Ballas will replace him
After 'DWTS' Season 31 judge Len Goodman retires, Shirley Ballas of 'Strictly Come Dancing' will replace him (shirleyballas/Instagram; officialdwts/Twitter)
After 'DWTS' Season 31 judge Len Goodman retires, Shirley Ballas of 'Strictly Come Dancing' will replace him (shirleyballas/Instagram; officialdwts/Twitter)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 31 is coming to an end. This season had some happy and heart-wrenching moments. In the semifinal episode, Whitney Carson announced her pregnancy while Len Goodman stated he was retiring from 'DWTS.' 

Len, 78, said, "This would be my last season." He said that he would move back to Britain to spend time with his "grandchildren and family." Ever since he announced his retirement, 'DWTS' fans have been wondering who will take his place on the show. It seems that 'Strictly Come Dancing' head judge Shirley Ballas is reportedly slated to replace him.


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The Sun reported that Ballas was slated to replace Goodman on the Disney+ show. A source claimed, "Len’s exit leaves a big hole in the panel, but the show team feels Shirley would be a really great addition." Furthermore, the source revealed that Ballas will not give up her 'Strictly Come Dancing' job. According to reports, She will reportedly "hold both her Strictly Come Dancing job and a new role on Dancing with the Stars - as Goodman did for years." The source added, "Her experience is unrivaled and she has made no secret of the fact she’d love to spend more time with her son Mark, who is based in the US with wife Brittany." 

Ballas faced criticism on 'Strictly.' Some fans even commented on her physical appearance. Daily Mail reported that the judge was set to "take a break" from the limelight. However, she would not leave the show and continue to be a part of BBC. Ballas recently wrote about Goodman on social media. The post read, "Thank you for all you have done for the dance industry, on and off screen. Your legacy in the ballroom will forever remain. Take your well earned rest to spend time with your beautiful family. No one deserves it more than you. A true dancing legend."


Goodman has been a part of 'DWTS' since 2005, for 20 seasons. The show's official handle shared his photos from the show with the caption, "Our memories with Len will always be a 10! Don't miss his last episode at the judges' table tomorrow during the #DWTSFinale at 8ET/5PT on @DisneyPlus." Goodman has been in the profession of dancing since he was 19 and became a professional in his early 20s. He will make his final appearance on the show on Monday, November 21.

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 31 finale is scheduled to air on Monday, November 21, at 8 pm ET on Disney+.