Shirley Ballas has arrived back in the UK with her pet pooch, Charlie, as she prepares to embark on her second series of Strictly Come Dancing.

And, Head Judge Shirley – who joined the show last series – made sure her adorable Lhasa Apso, Charlie, enjoyed the transatlantic flight from the US by flying him FIRST CLASS.

Shirley, 57, shared a series of snaps of their trip from America to London on Instagram, starting with a picture of them all packed up and ready to go in the car.

And Charlie journey begins. Off to London. #happydog #grateful #nanny

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She then showed her 53.5K Instagram followers how she planned on keeping Charlie entertained during the 11-hour flight – with a suitcase full of dog toys.


And, the suitcase full of toys wasn’t the only treat for Charlie as he also got to fly in business class. Lucky thing.

On the flight with my boy Charlie. X #happydog. #grateful

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Shirley will spend the next few months in London judging the likes of Susannah Constantine, Charles Venn and Lee Ryan alongside Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Darcey Bussell.

It will be Shirley’s second series on the show after she replaced Len Goodman last year.

Despite proving a hit with viewers, Shirley’s debut series over-shadowed by controversy after it was revealed she was being paid £70,000 less than Len.

In light of the BBC gender pay gap scandal Shirley’s £180,000 pay packet was quickly boosted up to £250,000 to match her predecessor.

But, the scandal didn’t end there as Shirley’s current co-star, Craig Revel Horwood, waded in, saying she should be paid LESS to reflect her TV experience.

“The point about this pay thing is, yes, I think women should be paid the same as men. That’s for sure. But what would you say to a woman coming in after you’ve been in the job for 15 years when they’ve done absolutely nothing to earn it? I don’t think that’s right,” he said.