Len Goodman: ‘I’m waiting for Strictly contract’

Len Goodman has revealed he’s still waiting to hear about his next Strictly Come Dancing contract.

The show’s head judge told The Daily Telegraph: “I am waiting for the contract to come through – the BBC usually get in touch around this sort of time, they haven’t been in communication with me yet so I am still waiting.”

Len, who has been on Strictly since its inception and sat on the panel alongside Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Alesha Dixon in the last series, is worried he may be dropped like his former colleague Arlene Phillips.

“They have had a bit of a chop and a change, I have heard, but, if it is my turn, well so be it. Of course I would love to do it,” he said.

The BBC’s Strictly shake-up this autumn will reduce the number of celebrity contestants from 16 to 14.

The move, plus the recruitment of new male professionals Artem Chigvintsev, Jared Murillo and Robin Windsor, has meant five of last year’s professional partners are no longer needed in their usual roles.

“The real fans get to know the professionals almost as well as they know the celebrities, so it will be a bit of a shock to the system,” Len added.

A BBC spokesman said it could not confirm whether Len would be a judge in the autumn series.

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