Strictly Come Dancing judges lineup confirmed for 2019

BBC One finally reveal who will be joining Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas when the series starts later this year.

Strictly Come Dancing will have a new face on the judging panel in 2019.

Motsi Mabuse, the sister of pro dancer Oti, is the new fourth judge alongside familar faces Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel Horwood.

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After seven years Darcey Bussell quit the BBC One entertainment show earlier this year.

BBC director Charlotte Moore said: "Motsi is a brilliant addition to the show. She is a wonderful dancer in her own right and already has years of experience as a judge under her belt. We're all looking forward to welcoming her to the Strictly family."

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

Horwood and Tonioli have appeared on the 16 previous series of the ballroom dance competition.

Shirley Ballas stepped in for Len Goodman in 2017.

Other celebrities rumoured to replace Bussell during the year included Harry Judd, Caroline Flack and Oti Mabuse.

The 2019 Judges

Motsi Mabuse

Motsi Mabuse - New Strictly Come Dancing judge

The 38-year-old South African dancer is the older sister of Strictly professional Oti, who has been on the BBC One series since 2015.

She has been a judge on the German version of Strictly Come Dancing, called Let’s Dance, since 2011 after joining the show as a dancer in 2007.

In a statement, she said: "I am absolutely overjoyed to be joining the Strictly judging panel. I have so much respect and admiration for the other three judges and hope to add my own bit of sparkle to the show. I can't wait to get started!"

Sarah James, executive producer of Strictly, added: "I am incredibly excited that Motsi Mabuse is joining the show.

"Motsi’s natural warmth, energy and passion for dance makes her the perfect addition to our esteemed judging panel."

Motsi is a former South African Champion and German Latin Champion in 2009 and 2010.

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 17th 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 17th series on the judging panel. He still juggles the show alongside Dancing with the Stars and was granted an episode off for the last two years.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for him last year.

Former judges

Darcey Bussell

Darcey Bussell - Strictly Come Dancing judge

Now a Dame, Darcey departed the Strictly Come Dancing family after the 2018 series.

Announcing her exit, Darcey said: "It has been a complete privilege for me to be part of Strictly, working with such a talented team.

"I have enjoyed every minute of my time and will miss everyone from my fellow judges, the presenters, the dancers, the musicians, the entire back stage team, and especially the viewers of the show, who have been so supportive.

"I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can’t imagine having gone any better.

"I know I will miss being part of this unique show and the fact that it celebrates dance is something I am so passionate about. I hope that I may be very lucky to be asked back again one day."

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 on September 7.

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