Strictly Come Dancing’s pro dancing star Ola Jordan has agreed to return to the hit series after her husband James was axed.
Her future in the series appeared in doubt after James was sacked, but she has agreed terms with the BBC.
Ola has told BBC bosses she will return to the hit show but insists the judging panel needs a shake-up.
She said some of the judges need to move on because the current four – Len Goodman, 70, Darcey Bussell, 45, Bruno Tonioli, 58, and Craig Revel Horwood, 49 – are too old, reports the Sunday People.
Ola, 31, said: “It’s time to shake up the judges. They are too comfortable in those seats. They need to bring someone young and fresh on the panel.”
Her husband James was told by the BBC in May that they didn’t want him back as a pro dancer and instead offered him a low-profile role. He has also hit out and called for Bruno and Craig to be sacked.
The pair have been on the panel since Strictly first aired in 2004 but James thinks their antics turn the show into “pantomine” at times.
James, who was runner-up in 2012 with actress Denise Van Outen, said: “The BBC likes to change a lot of things. But the judging panel more or less stays the same.
“I think Len needs to stay because he is the head judge and knows what he is talking about. I think get rid of the other two guys. Possibly they are just providing comic relief but they are supposed to be there to judge the dancing, instead of trying to make themselves look really funny. It gets a bit pantomime sometimes and Strictly is not a pantomime.”
Ola, who was offered the chance to return to her £30,000-a-series role, was in two minds over whether to go back after James was fired.
James, 36, was given the boot after bosses grew increasingly fed up of Strictly being the “James and Ola show”.
He was left furious as he felt he had been loyal to the BBC and Strictly since he began working on the show eight years ago.
But Ola finally made up her mind to stay on while enjoying a sunshine holiday in Las Vegas with James.
A source said: “Ola has assured the bosses that she will return. They are relieved as they know how popular she is with the viewers.”
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC1 in the autumn.