'Strictly Come Dancing': Len Goodman 'To Be Replaced By Australian Judge Helen Richey'

Sorry, Anton.

Anton Du Beke’s place on the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ judging line-up could be less of a certainty than we thought, as new reports suggesting an outsider has bagged the job.

Rumours that Anton will be taking over from Len Goodman have been rife ever since the current Head Judge announced that he’d be stepping down from the panel at the end of this year.

However, it’s now being claimed that the job will actually be going to ballroom veteran Helen Richey, who has already enjoyed success on the Australian version of the show, where she has judged a whopping 15 seasons.

Helen Richey
Helen Richey
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Len Goodman
Len Goodman
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Since then, he’s revealed his hopes that his successor will be a fellow ballroom expert, explicitly naming Karen Hardy and Anton Du Beke as potential contenders for the job.

Anton Du Beke
Anton Du Beke
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Anton’s name has repeatedly been brought up in reference to the job, with fellow ‘Strictly’ pro Brendan Cole also initially slated for the job early on.

More recently, though, it was reported that producers had ruled out Brendan, following claims he wouldn’t gel well with the rest of the panel.

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