Strictly pro addresses return to show as judge as Shirley Ballas talks US move

Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Aljaž Škorjanec has revealed he’d like to follow in Anton Du Beke’s footsteps and become a judge on the show after years on the dance floor. The 33-year-old left the show in 2021 to pursue other projects, such as an acting, shortly after his wife Janette Manrara also left the show to become a presenter on Strictly: It Takes Two.

The dancer previously said he decided to step down from the show as his “creative juices were not flowing as easily as they did in 2013” when he first joined the professional line-up. While he stay has no desire to return to the dance floor, Aljaz admitted he would be up for a different role on the show.

Speaking to, he shared: “I would love to to back to Strictly but I don’t see myself going back to dancing. Maybe in a different role, but not as a dancer. I would love to do it as a judge or whatever.

“Strictly has so many different positions and roles, in front of camera, behind the camera. But I feel I did a fair share of dances on Strictly and I feel like I did my last one.” Aljaz won the Glitterball trophy with Abbey Clancy when he first joined the show 10 years ago.

The professional dancer went on to have eight more celebrity partners, his last being Sara Davies in 2021. The dancer’s latest admission comes as Shirley Ballas revealed she is considering a move back to the US, following the birth of her first grandson.

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The head judge’s son Mark Ballas and his wife BC Jean, who live in America, welcomed their baby boy Banksi Wylde into the world last month. Speaking about the new arrival, Shirley told OK! Magazine: “I don’t want to be a part-time grandmother.

“I want to be there as much as I can be, as much as his mum and dad will allow me to be part of the baby’s life. I could spend six months there and six months here – and I can afford to.”

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She went on to say: “I don’t want to miss out on my grandbaby. That is instilled in my head.” With her plan, the judge is adamant she won’t give up her duties on Strictly and will be able to fit her schedule around being a hands-on grandma.

“I’d never want to leave Strictly. I’ll be on TV and on the tour for as long as they’ll have me. I love Strictly,” she added. “I can always fly to the States on a Monday and come back on a Friday.”

Shirley, who joined the show in 2017, shares the panel with Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke. The latter permanently became a judge in 2021 after being one of the pro dancers since the beginning. Tonight, the four will return to screens to judge the 2023 final where Layton Williams, Ellie Leach and Bobby Brazier will compete for the Glitterball.

Catch Janette and Aljaz on their nationwide Dancing In A Winter Wonderland tour, which runs until December 19. For more information and tickets, click here.

Strictly Come Dancing: The Final airs tonight at 7pm on BBC One.

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