Len Goodman admits he misses Strictly Come Dancing

Len Goodman

by Emma Dodds |
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Former head judge on Strictly Come Dancing Len Goodman has admitted that he misses being on the show after quitting last year.

The 73-year-old opened up about his first year away from the show after judging on it for 12 years from the very beginning.

Len, who has been watching the show from the comfort of his sofa, admitted to Lorraine Kelly that he was missing the Saturday night shindigs.

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Monty Panesar

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Kem Cetinay

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Jake Quickenden

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Candice Brown

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Max Evans

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Brooke Vincent

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Cheryl Baker

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Alex Beresford

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Donna Air

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Perri Shakes-Drayton

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Antony Cotton

Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton is the 11th celebrity to be announced for the new series. Antony, who plays Sean Tully in the soap, said: "I better get my skates on - I've got practicing to do!"

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Stephanie Waring

Stephanie is the third soap star to sign up to the series after Corrie actors Brooke Vincent and Antony Cotton.

Lorraine asked Len whether he missed the show, and he replied: "Yes course I am. There’s always a twang."

Could this mean a return to Strictly for Len?!

Don't get your hopes up too high - it doesn't seem likely.

WATCH: Len Goodman opens up about missing Strictly Come Dancing on Lorraine

He continued: "I done it for 12 years - I wasn’t getting too dithery, I wasn’t dribbling, there comes a time when you think I did it for 12 years."

Len added that the stressful schedule of Strictly had become too much for him, saying: "And I couldn’t do the flying backwards and forwards."

Fair enough, Len.

But some fans were left disheartened when Len continued judging on the American version of Strictly - Dancing With The Stars - but he stepped up and addressed that too.

He said: "On Strictly your contract is annual, in America it’s different – I signed up for four. I’ve got one more for show."

Len then emotionally added: "I loved Strictly, it gave me everything."

Aww Len, our hearts!

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But that wasn't all Len had to reveal - he also confessed the star he's hoping to win the show outright.

Any guesses?

"I have no favourites, only because I have always wanted someone slightly older to do well and win it," he said.

"For that reason I’d like Debbie McGee to win it," before cheekily adding: "I admire a 60-year-old who can cock her leg up like that."

HA. Well... It's as good a reason as any!

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The ballroom boss also backed his successor on the show, saying that he thought Shirley Ballas was doing a stand-up job,

He said: "I think the standard was great, I think Shirley is doing a wonderful job.

"I've known her for all her dancing life. I’ve judged her hundreds of times. She knows her onions. I think she’s doing lovely jubbly."

Doesn't he have such a way with words?

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