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Shirley Ballas hints new Strictly judge has been decided

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Shirley Ballas has teased that Strictly Come Dancing fans will be "absolutely delighted" with the new judge.

The 58-year-old star - who heads up the panel of the hit BBC One show along with Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli  - hinted the new judge who will replace Dame Darcey Bussell will definitely be a "perfect" fit for the show" as it appears they have already been chosen.

Shirley hinted the new judge will definitely be a "perfect" fit for the show" (Credit: ITV)

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Appearing on ITV's Loose Women on Tuesday (28.05.19), she spilled: "Well I know that whoever the BBC are going to choose will be absolutely perfect for the show. I am sure there will be lots of surprises this series.

"We have a new Executive Producer, we have Rylan [Clark-Neal] on It Takes Two and we are getting a new judge.

"Although for me, Darcey was like my queen. That lady held my hand the whole time and I have never laughed so much with another woman in all my life. She was amazing and she will be sorely missed for sure."

Shirley said Darcey was "like my queen" (Credit: ITV)

Teasing the retired ballerina's replacement, she added: "I will fit with whoever they pick.

"I know they will pick the best person for the general public and to be on that show that fits in with everybody. You are all going to be absolutely delighted."

Shirley's comments come after fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood stated the person who will join him, Shirley and Bruno will be someone who "can actually dance".

He said on This Morning today: "They did say it's someone that can actually dance, it's got to be someone opinionated."

I know they will pick the best person for the general public and to be on that show that fits in with everybody.

Meanwhile, Shirley - who has been married twice to Sammy Stopford and Corky Ballas - also confirmed she has started seeing someone despite having previously lost confidence with dating.

Shirley spilled details about Darcey's replacement (Credit: BBC)

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She revealed: "I did Matchmaker Mountain [on This Morning]  which gave me a little bit more encouragement ... I never thought I would find anybody in my life that I cared about again."

When asked why, she said: "Just past history and different men that you are with that gnaw away a little bit at your confidence and everything like that. So it's more personal reasons, but yes I've met someone very nice and we are very happy."

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