I always thought the show was a bit beneath her really. She is a class act and will be missed. It surely has something to do with her not getting on with Shirley Ballas. Both have mentioned in the press what good pals they are. I think they protest too much!!
It will be interesting who they get to replace her.
There aren't many high profile UK female dancers from a more classical/theatrical background who would fit into that particular gap. Ideally we might get rid of at least one other judge to allow for a broader realignment of the panel.
I really hope it isn't one of the former professional dancers from the show - it needs to be an outsider who can be both technically aware yet constructive and supportive.
Someone known for dance, with a range of experience and a warm personality.
Would Bonnie Langford be completely out of the question? She has danced her way through many shows... and by all reports is a lovely person. She knows her way around the reality tv show game - having had her appearances on Dancing on Ice.
Bonnie is an interesting shout as she is well known and has had dance experience. If we assume they will go for another female judge - the panel was 3 to 1 male until Shirley came on board. Personally I'd love to see Bonnie do Strictly as a contestant. Former dancers who are/have been involved behind the scenes too like Karen Hardy, Ian Waite or Erin Boag spring to mind.
Alesha Dixon was a former winner who went on the panel, could they even consider Stacey as she is an experienced TV presenter and the BBC want to do stuff with her. Ore has presented the last couple of tours and again is an experienced TV presenter plus it keeps BAME quota up as there has been this thing that some have said BAME contestants often don't get the votes.
Ideally I'd like someone with pro dance experience - Joanne Clifton is doing well with her theatre work and is a former Strictly Champ so could be an option but marking her brother and former sister in law could be a conflict of interest. Pasha was a fantastic dancer and choreographer but has a quieter and laid back persona so may not be ideal for the judging panel.
Oh please pick Ian. Please. If only to get him away from the drool-pool left behind every Wednesday by Zoe, who must be the last person in the entire country to realise that he's unavailable.
However, I feel it should be someone with a quieter demeanour in order to fit in with the others. Oti, bookies favourite, is so dreadful on that other show I turned off after 2 minutes I dread to think. She'd make Bruno look like Andy Murray on sleeping pills.
Names floated are- Helen Richey Alfonso Ribeiro Caroline Flack Ashley Banjo Ashley Roberts Karen Hardy Anton Len’s triumphant return Wayne Sleep Arlene Phillips triumphant return Oti
Joanne Clifton would be my pick if available
A lot of those are from the rather factually inaccurate BBC article I think? Not sure where they got some of them from! Most of those names would be completely unsuitable, though Ribero was a decent guest judge.