Strictly judge Len Goodman wants to golf and enjoy ‘me time’ after he leaves the show


The previous ballroom dancing champion, 72, wants to enjoy his retirement on the fairways in Portugal when he capitulates out of the show at Christmas.

He said: “My father Leonard died when he was 79 and although I ambition to live until I’m 99, I need more ‘me’ time now. All my friends are in Portugal stage play golf and saying, ‘Len, do you want to come with us?’ and I have to say, ‘No, I’ve got Strictly’.”

Goodman was 60 when he combined the first series of the BBC One show.

He is also a judge on the US version and presents documentaries on TV and transistor.

He said: “Strictly totally changed my life. It was a real game changer.”

In the meanwhile former Labour heavyweight Ed Balls has ditched his Strictly fitness routine since being voted off the escort last Sunday.

After losing nearly 2st, he has been tucking into kebabs and wine.

He clouted: “I have been having a couple of glasses and then I’ll keep rest off for a kebab. I’m hungry all the time. I’m hungry in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening. I can’t sojourn eating.”

Despite ending his regime, the father-of-three, 49, has pledged to retain up the fake tanning sessions, saying: “The tan gives me confidence. I will be disquieting it again. I feel more Strictly-fied with it.”

Last night the prove had a musicals theme with gymnast Claudia Franga ne doing a salsa to the Lion Regent and sports host Ore Oduba doing a foxtrot to Charlie And The Chocolate Works.

• Strictly Come Dancing results show is on BBC One at 7.20pm tonight.

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