Strictly Come Dancing: Strictly pro Brendan Cole wants head judge role since Len Goodman’s departure

by Angharad

He may have been the bad-boy of Strictly for a time but professional dancer Brendan Cole has told the BBC that he wishes to replace head judge Len Goodman on the show next series.

The New Zealand born dancer has been a pro right from the beginning in 2004 when he went on to win the first series with newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky.

He told BBC Radio 2: “I would love to be a judge.

“I’ve told the BBC I’m up for the job if they would like to even consider me. Make no bones about it, it would be a great gig – it’s a phenomenal slot,” he added.

Most recently, Brendan has been partnered with singer Anastacia whilst his stint in the sixth season with Lisa Snowdon so the couple place third. His partners on the show also include Sophie Ellis Bextor and Lulu.

72-year-old Len Goodman bowed out of the BBC One dance show at the end of the last series in December as he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Cole, 40, told Irish host Patrick Kielty that he was “very qualified” to fill Goodman’s shoes and that his experience as a judge on the New Zealand version of the programme should help him out.

He joked that he even had a catchphrase ready – “Bren’s Lens”.

Speculation is rife as to who will take Len’s seat on the panel and join Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood on the weekly show.

Strictly Come Dancing - Christmas 2016

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Fellow pro Anton du Beke, ex-pro Karen Hardy and former judge Arlene Phillips are backed by the bookies whilst ex-contestants such as Tom Chambers, Caroline Flack and Lisa Riley are also in the mix.


The Sun revealed that ballet star Darcey Bussell will be taking on the role as head judge, but there’s still no word on who will fill that fourth spot – despite Goodman himself backing Du Beke!

Brendan admitted he is not holding his breath as he believes “they will probably have somebody else in mind” but said he would “keep plugging away and hope for the best.”

He added: “It’s something I’d like to have happen at some point in my life.”