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Shirley Ballas shares details on Strictly’s 2023 celeb line-up - and dream royal contestant

The star also has a royal in mind to join the show


Shirley Ballas on Strictly
Emmy Griffiths
TV & Film Editor
24 April 2023
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Shirley Ballas has opened up about the new series of Strictly Come Dancing after confirming that she would be returning as the head judge - and it sounds seriously exciting!

The dancing expert revealed that the BBC are “outside the box” with the 2023 line-up. While not mentioning any names, joking to Good Morning Britain hosts Susanna Reid and Ed Balls that she wasn’t able to divulge any information on celebrities, she did say: “I will tell you, just when you think it can’t get any better, it does! 

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“The BBC are way outside the box and they’re putting on the show of a lifetime.” 

She added that she would love Zara Tindall to take part in the 2023 series, saying: “I would love Zara Tindall on! And I’d have you both back any day.” 

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Shirley said that she would love Zara to compete on the show

During the show, the star also opened up about the rumours that there were arguments about wages, explaining: “First of all, I can clarify there was arguing with the BBC over pay. We’re in a living crisis where finances in different homes are very very difficult. 

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“It’s not true. And no arguing! It is what it is. We’re going through a crisis… I don’t know where the information comes from but it’s not true. I don’t know where people leak things from, where people get information from.”

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We can't wait for the new season!

She also opened up about how she was returning to the show after being trolled during the 2022 series, saying: “I’ve got a young man helping me with my social media, and my son Mark, and everything will be filtered. He’s amazing, he helps me with everything, he reads everything, and I have a young man here called Harry who will help with Mark’s guidance.” 

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