Strictly Come Dancing judges 'confirmed' for 2020

The Strictly Come Dancing judging panel has been ‘confirmed’ for 2020 – and we can hear the intro music already.

Motsi Mabuse is set to return to the Strictly judging panel after taking over from Dame Darcey Bussell last year.

The dancing professional with be back on our screens with regular judges Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood as well as head judge Shirley Ballas, who took over from Len Goodman in 2017.

‘Producers were delighted with Motsi because she brought so much to the table, with plenty of glamour, opinion, and humour,’ a source explained.

‘They’re really happy with the line-up so want to keep the chemistry. Bosses also want to expand her brand to other show formats, like Oti has with The Greatest Dancer.’

‘The pair also proved they could be professional together on screen, despite being siblings, and nipping potential favouritism issues in the bud,’ they continued to The Sun.

Shirley also took to social media to share the exciting news.

In a tweet that has since been deleted she said: ‘So excited to be returning to Strictly Come Dancing. This truly is an honor and in an industry of dance, I love. I’m so very very excited. #gratitude @bbcstrictly @MOTSI_MABUSE with my girl. #dance #music.’

And fans were just as thrilled, one responded: ‘Congratulations! So excited for you. You are amazing!’

Another commented: ‘Yay! Good news on a Tuesday 😃 genuinely put a smile on my face!’

A third added: ‘Wow that’s fabulous news wouldn’t be the same without you and so pleased Motsi is back too.’

After the series in 2019, Motsi admitted that she almost turned down the chance to be a judge.

She told Graham Norton: ‘When Darcey left I was in Germany and called my sister to ask what was happening and we were joking that they should call me. And then they did.

‘At first, I was like, “I am so honoured, this is such amazing news,” and then I was like, “I don’t want to do it, this is too much,” then I was like, “I want to do it.”

‘Then, when they called me again and told me I was still in the race, I asked them to send me a text and not call again because I couldn’t handle the pressure.

‘They didn’t send a text, they actually came and said, “Welcome to the BBC”.’

In 2019,  Kelvin Fletcher and Motsi’s sister Oti took home the glitterball trophy.

Throughout the competition, the former-Emmerdale actor had been the favourite to win.

The soap star knocked Stacey Dooley off the top spot after the 32-year-old won the competition in 2018.

Metro.co.uk contacted BBC for comment.

You can watch Strictly Come Dancing on BBC iPlayer.

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