LEN GOODMAN is set to step down as Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge.
The 72-year-old announced that this series will be his last, having featured on the show’s judging panel since 2004.
He said: “I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show, and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.
“This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else.
“It is an honour being part of the wonderful Strictly Come Dancing family and I’m looking forward to my last series very much and to whatever comes next.”
The show returns this autumn, with a celebrity line-up aiming to impress Goodman and fellow judges Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood.
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman return as the show’s presenters.