Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton to replace Len Goodman?

by Nick Barnes
Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Ore Oduba

Tonight is Strictly Come Dancing Finale night, and we’ll be sad to see this year’s series go. It has been a fantastic series, but the whole thing is made just a tad more emotional as we know that tonight will be the final ever episode of Strictly Come Dancing featuring Len Goodman.

Len announced last year that he would be around for one more series of Strictly, and then he would be vacating his seat as Head Judge. Ever since he announced his departure from the show, the rumour mill has been in absolute overdrive about who will take on Len’s role on the panel.

It seems one name has been linked to the panel ever since Len announced he was leaving, and that’s Anton Du Beke. At the moment Anton seems like the absolute favourite to take on the fourth spot on the panel, with Darcey Bussell becoming the Head Judge.

However, one more Strictly Come Dancing professional has thrown her hat into the ring, stating that she would love to become a judge on the show.

Joanne Clifton – Kevin Clifton’s sister – has said she would like to be on the pane, even if it is only to criticise her brother.

“I would like to be on the panel. I’d love to judge Kevin. I would love to criticise my own brother,” she joked.

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She is not the only one who thinks they should keep it in the Strictly family either, as Kevin Clifton has said he would be happy if one of the current set of professional dancers took on the vacated seat on the panel.

“If it was going to be one of the pros that replaced Len, I would be happy with that. This is the best bunch of pros in existence. They all know their stuff,” Kevin said.

Who would you like to take on the fourth seat on the panel? Let us know in the comments, below…

Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes