Shirley Ballas drops huge hint she could quit Strictly Come Dancing panel

Shirley Ballas has worried Strictly Come Dancing fans after saying she could leave the BBC One show to move back to the US

Shirley Ballas has sparked fears among fans she may leave Strictly Come Dancing

Shirley Ballas has sparked fears among fans she may leave Strictly Come Dancing.

The 61-year-old admitted she does not feel “settled” in the UK and still has lots of ambitions in her life which could see her move back to the US.

On the eve of the show’s return, she said: “I don’t think I will ever be settled. My heart is torn because my son lives in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and I know they are going to start a family at some point.

“So do I want to be a part of those children’s lives? Of course I do.

“So it is just figuring out, am I here for the run of Strictly?

Shirley said she could leave Strictly to move back to the US



She admitted she does not feel ‘settled’ in the UK


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“Shall I spend some more time there?

“How do I balance it with everything that’s going on?

“It is all balance. I am not one who feels ‘Oh this is my armchair and this is how it is going to be for the next 10 years’ and that is what makes my life exciting.

“I don’t really know. Will I keep this job next year?

Shirley with the other Strictly Come Dancing judges: Motsi Mabuse, Craig Revel Horwood and Anton Du Beke



“Will I move back to America?

“Will my grandchildren dance?

“Is my son coming over? It is difficult.”

The 15 celebrities, which include Olympian Adam Peaty, rugby star Ugo Monye, TV presenter Judi Love, and BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker will be paired with their professional dance partners during the first episode of the series on Saturday on BBC1.

Shirley with her son Mark Ballas and Derek Hough (right)


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On the same sex dancing partnership this year featuring John Whaite, she said: “A woman will never move like a man and a man will never move like a woman.

“Now we are going to have same sex so it is like movement to music.

“Each person has to be coordinated and they have to bring that coordination skill.

“It doesn’t matter who you are dancing with. It is coordination skills and that is what I will be doing to bring a few things each week so people can improve themselves.”

Strictly returns this weekend


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Speaking to My Wardrobe Malfunction podcast, Shirley also said she thinks new judge Anton Du Beke “will add so many finer points to the show”.

She said of her own judging style: “I am not someone who is all mouth. I know how they feel and when things go wrong.

“I want to see how you get it going and re-pick it back up. Everybody is different in the way they judge and I have my own system.”

*Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC1 tonight(SAT) at 7.45pm.

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