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Strictly’s Shirley Ballas is looking for love with older man

She knows exactly the man she wants

Strictly Come Dancing’s charming head judge, Shirley Ballas is clearly a catch – and now she’s opened up about wanting to be caught, saying: “I’d like a man older than me!”

The professional dancer, who has been divorced twice, has been single for three years, but she’s now looking for love.

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Shirley has been single for three years (credit: BBC)

Speaking to The Mirror the 58-year-old said: “I’d like a man older than me, kind, caring, understanding, sweet and who makes me laugh. And fun!”

The mum of fellow professional dancer Mark Ballas insists it’s her own fault she’s single, saying: “I’m hopeless, hopeless, hopeless! I never get it right!”

Her ex-husbands, Sammy Stopford and Corky Ballas, were both pro dancers, and she revealed that she’s stayed “cordial” with both.

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She blames herself for her romance troubles (credit: BBC)

Shirley says: “When I married Sammy we were both just so young. Everybody got married back then but it just didn’t work. But I’ve had a hugely successful career and I owe a lot of what I learnt to him, because he was ­already a top professional and I was a nobody.”

Read more: Shirley Ballas’ tears for Strictly’s Ashley Roberts

We’re up to week eight on this year’s Strictly and it’s been an exciting series so far.

Saturday night’s show was an emotional one for the judges and Shirley took to Instagram after filming to call it a “great show.”

She wrote beside the picture: “Great show tonight on @bbcstrictly so much #fun I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks again to my glam team @alexandriastylist and @janeburstow for making me feel special #dance #sequins #family #fun #glam #fashion #makeup #dress #hair #music.”

Her 88.1k followers were delighted, telling her: “Shirley you looked fabulous as ever tonight, you truly are a fitting head judge x.”

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Another wrote: “Love your honesty, integrity and positive constructive feedback, you’re the best judge ever.” While a third commented: “You look amazing. The show was fantastic and Ashley Roberts and Pasha danced beautifully.”

The evening also featured a special guest appearance from TV presenter and X Factor star, Rylan Clark-Neal.

Strictly’s Twitter account led the tributes to the hilarious reality star, writing: “The petition to get @Rylan on Strictly starts here!”

Fans co-signed, with one tweeting: “Yes yes yes!!!!! @Rylan I would pay my last penny to see you on @bbcstrictly you would be amazing!!!!!!!!”

Read more: Graeme Swann reveals extraordinary Strictly weight loss

We love you Shirley. And we’re betting guys will be queuing up to date you now…

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