Is Shirley Ballas quitting Strictly after just ONE series?

Shirley Ballas

by Emma Dodds |
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Strictly Come Dancing's Shirley Ballas might be quitting the show after just one series in the head judge spot.

Shirley, 57, joined the show this year after the departure of Len Goodman, who was head judge on the show since the first series in 2004.

Her arrival on the show initially had a mixed response from viewers, but many fans of the show have now warmed to her brusque nature.

However, her stint on the show could be short-lived.

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According to the MailOnline, Shirley was at a BBC Christmas party this week, and would not confirm whether she would be returning for next year's series, saying only: "Let's get this series out of the way."

Despite saying that she had "enjoyed" this series, she confessed that she "missed" her son Mark who lives in the US.

She shockingly revealed that she had "lost family" over a tell-all newspaper interview done by her ex-husband Corky Ballas, and now had to "figure out what is more important".

But when someone commented that one year might be too short a stint on the show, Shirley disagreed, saying that she "did it for the experience."

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This comes after former head judge Len Goodman gave Shirley his blessing on Lorraine yesterday morning.

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."

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