Strictly Come Dancing judges lineup confirmed for 2018

Who is back for another year on the BBC One reality show.

Strictly Come Dancing will be sticking with the same four judges in 2018, Craig Revel Horwood has confirmed.

Craig revealed that he will be back later this year with Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Shirley Ballas.

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“Yes it’s the same judges. Shirley is back with us, which will be great.” Horwood told the Express.

Strictly Come Dancing judges 2018

“Bruno is back and being more Italian than ever. And of course the fabulous Darcey Bussell. I think it is a great team and it was really good last year, I can’t wait to get back into it.”

A BBC rep said that details about the show’s lineup would be “announced in due course”.

Horwood and Tonioli have appeared on the 15 previous series of the ballroom dance competition.

Dame Darcey Bussell joined the team in series 10, while Shirley Ballas stepped in for Len Goodman in 2017.

The 2018 Judges

Head Judge – Shirley Ballas

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas

The Queen of Latin joined Strictly Come Dancing in 2017 and her strict and technical approach to judging was very different to Len Goodman.

Her first series included a significant amount of controversy after she had a live TV row with Brendan Cole over her comments about Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins.

Craig Revel Horwood

Craig Revel Horwood

The ‘Mr Nasty’ of Strictly will be returning for his 16th series of Strictly in the autumn.

Craig has backed calls for the show to have same-sex dance partners for the first time.

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno Tonioli

The charismatic Italian judge is back for his 16th series on the judging panel. He still juggles the show with Dancing with the Stars and was granted an episode off last year.

Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell - Strictly Come Dancing judge

Now a Dame, Darcey is back for her sixth year on the show and is firmly established as part of the Strictly family.

Former judges

Len Goodman

Len Goodman

The original Head Judge retired from the show in 2017, making his final appearance in the Christmas special.
Len has continued as a judge on Dancing With The Stars in America and returned to the BBC as the host of gameshow Partners in Rhyme.

Arlene Phillips

Arlene Phillips

Arlene was the face of dance on the BBC in the early 00s, starring on Strictly and working on reality shows DanceX, Strictly Dance Fever and So You Think You Can Dance.

She was controversially dropped from the judge lineup after series 6, prompting complaints of ageism after she was replaced by Alesha Dixon.

Alesha Dixon

Alesha Dixon

Alesha was a controversial replacement for Arlene, taking on the job only two years after being a contestant.

After a shaky start, Alesha proved to be a hit with viewers and ratings continued to rise. She was poached by Simon Cowell for Britain’s Got Talent after three series as a judge.

Strictly returns to BBC One in the autumn.

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