How much is Shirley Ballas paid for Strictly, why did she split from husband Corky Ballas and what is her age?

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SHIRLEY Ballas took over the reins as head judge on Strictly Come Dancing from Len Goodman back in 2017 and is now a firm fixture on the show.

The glamorous dancer is back once again for Strictly 2019 despite there being speculation that she would not be coming back. Here’s the lowdown on the star judge…

Shirley Ballas is the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing

How much does Shirley Ballas get paid for Strictly?

Shirley joined Strictly in 2017 and was paid £180,000 by the BBC for that series.

This was £70,000 short of the amount given to her predecessor Len Goodman, 75, for the same role.

But in 2018 she landed a victory when she received a pay rise to equal Len’s former £250k salary.

Bruno Tonioli reportedly earns the same amount.

While Craig Revel Horwood and former judge Darcey Bussell received £180,000 for each series of Strictly.

Shirley Ballas is the new favourite to replace Len Goodman as Head Judge on Strictly Come Dancing
Shirley is a ballroom dancer
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Why did Shirley Ballas split from husband Corky?

Shirley married Corky Ballas back in 1985.

But they split when he left her for former Strictly pro Kristina Rihanoff after he became her teacher in 2003.

She divorced him in 2007 but his relationship with Kristina is said to have fizzled out the following year.

Shirley and Corky were married until 2007

Who is Shirley Ballas dating now?

In January 2019, The Sun exclusively revealed that Shirley is dating her panto co-star Daniel Taylor, 44.

They were in Jack And The Beanstalk together over Christmas 2018.

Shirley Ballas hinted she had started dating again when she tweeted that her panto co-star Daniel Taylor was a “very funny handsome man”.

The duo had also been seen getting cosy in selfies taken during their stint together in the Christmas show.

Derek and Julianne Hough were coached and lived with Shirley Ballas and her husband Corky in London
Derek and Julianne Hough were coached and lived with Shirley Ballas and her husband Corky in London
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What is Shirley Ballas’ relationship with Derek and Julianne Hough?

In 1997, Shirley was on a teaching trip to Salt Lake City when she met the now famous dancers Derek and Julianne Hough.

Their parents were going through a divorce when they were aged about eight and 11 and Derek asked Shirley if he could come and live with her in the UK.

He went to live with his coaches Shirley and Corky and Julianne joined him a few months later.

They only intended to stay for a year of training but Derek stayed for 10 and Julianne returned to the US after five years.

Derek and Julianne, along with Shirley’s son Mark, were trained by the couple at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, learning everything from song to dance and gymnastics.

Mark and Julianne danced together and became the youngest couple to the win the British Open and the World Junior Championships.

All three went on to work as professional dancers on the American version of Dancing With The Stars with Julianne winning seasons 4 and 5.

Mark won season 6 and Derek finished top on five separate occasions.

While Derek credits the couple for his success as a dancer, Julianne claimed she was “abused, mentally, physically, everything,” during her time in London.

Shirley will be back on the Strictly judging panel in 2019 – seen here in 2018
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What is Shirley Ballas’ rise to fame?

Shirley Ballas, 58, is a British ballroom dancer who specialises in Latin dance and has won several championships earning her the nickname, The Queen of Latin.

She grew up in Wallasey in the North of England with her mother Audrey and brother David.

Her love of ballroom dance started aged seven when she took her first class in her local hall.

The talented youngster then started competing in competitions from the age of eight and, at 15 she moved to North Yorkshire to compete with British Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany.

They got engaged when she was 16 and a year later they moved to London.

However, she was then asked to try out to be Sammy Stopford’s partner, they fell in love and got married and went on to become one of the fastest rising couples in ballroom dance.

They danced together from when she was 18 to 23 and won all the major titles worldwide.

The pair then parted ways and she met Corky Ballas, who she married and had son Mark in 1986.

Corky and Shirley competed together and won their first professional Latin title in 1984 and went on to win it a further eight years in a row.

In 1990, they moved back to the UK and went on to win the Open British Professional Latin title in 1995 and ’96.

Shirley was previously a judge on the American version of Dancing With The Stars.


When is Strictly 2019 back on TV?

Strictly Come Dancing is returning for its 17th series on BBC One in 2019.

It kicks off with the red carpet launch on Monday, August 26, 2019.

The series premiere will follow shortly after, but a date is yet to be confirmed.

The main show will air live on Saturday evenings with the results the following day on Sundays.

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