‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Bosses Lining Up ‘Ballroom Giant’ To Replace Len Goodman

'Behind the scenes Bruno Tonioli has been pushing Gary’s name forward.'

A new name has been thrown into the ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ hat marked ‘who-will-replace-Len-Goodman?’, but you probably haven’t heard of him.

Gary Edwards, aka The Ballroom Giant, is the latest dance hall star to be linked to a judging role on the BBC show.

The 50-year-old from Romford, Essex, currently appears on the ‘All Access Internet Show’ of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ in the US.

<strong>Gary pictured with former 'Strictly' professional Karen Hardy</strong>
Gary pictured with former 'Strictly' professional Karen Hardy
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Gary is one of the world’s most experienced judges having won more than 30 international titles.

He also happens to be good friends with Len, who he went to dance classes with as a child, as well as his fellow ‘Strictly’ judge Bruno Tonioli.

Up until now, it was thought professional dancer Anton Du Beke was the hot favourite to replace Len on the judging panel, when he leaves at the end of the current series.

<strong>This series of 'Strictly' will be Len's last.</strong>
This series of 'Strictly' will be Len's last.
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Other names linked to the job include former judge Arlene Phillips, former professional dancer and ‘It Takes Two’ regular Karen Hardy and Australia’s ‘Dancing With The Stars’ judge Helen Richey.

Asked whether he had applied for the position, Gary hinted that he had met with BBC bosses.

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