The TV presenter-turned author has had her say on the BBC series’ new recruit

It’s the show that’s has us all talking every Saturday night, and now TV presenter Judy Finnigan has had her say on Strictly Come Dancing – specifically the show’s new head judge, Shirley Ballas.

Judy, 69, explained that although she thinks Shirley is both ‘elegant and articulate’ she’s having trouble warming to the new judging line-up – as she can’t help but miss former head judge, Len Goodman.

The mum-of-four, who is married to Richard Madeley, recently said, ‘Although Richard keeps telling me to “let it go” and give Shirl a chance to bed in, all I can say is: “I miss you, Len!” Oh yes I do.’

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Continuing to explain exactly why she wishes Len, 73, was still on the panel alongside Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig-Revel Horwood, the former This Morning star said, ‘I miss your elderly teeth, your curmudgeonly wit and your dismissal of flashy dances that seem over-choreographed (oh, those put-downs of that whippersnapper Brendan Cole – they were sublime).’

Judy continued, ‘So as a woman, Shirl, I wish you every success. But so far, I’m afraid that for me, you’re not quite a “SEVEN.’ 

Meanwhile, Judy’s husband Richard has thrown his support behind one of this year’s contestants – Good Morning Britain presenter, Charlotte Hawkins.

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Explaining that he’s got to know her whilst covering for Piers Morgan on the ITV breakfast show in recent months, Richard, 61, said, Charlotte is beautiful, poised and incredibly nice. My tenner’s on her.’ 

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