'Strictly Come Dancing': Shirley Ballas Wouldn't Want To See Victoria Beckham Taking Part In The Show Anytime Soon

Strictly Come Dancing’ head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed the reason why she wouldn’t want to see Victoria Beckham taking part on the BBC show.

Many ‘Strictly’ fans have bemoaned the lack of big names who have signed up for this year’s series - but Shirley isn’t having any of it, and thinks lesser-known stars are more interesting than a big name like the former Spice Girl.

Shirley Ballas (Photo: Tim P. Whitby via Getty Images)

She told The Sun: “I think you couldn’t have got a better line-up than this. I think actually they’re quite brilliant, aren’t they?

 “You’ve got fantastic storylines behind everybody. What more do you want?

“If you have huge worldwide names you already know the story. If you put Victoria Beckham on, you already know the story, her back story, her children, her family.

“What’s nice about the British public is that they will grow with these people.”

Shirley with her fellow 'Strictly' judges (l-r) Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood. (Photo: Karwai Tang via Getty Images)

Shirley also defended her position on the panel after fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood claimed Shirley’s lack of TV experience meant she had done “absolutely nothing” to earn it.

She said: “I love Craig but I would say about myself that I have been in this industry since I was seven.

“I’ve worked my way up as a single woman for most part of that to the very top as a female ballroom and Latin- specific world-renowned coach, so it’s not just about going on to a show you know and not knowing your stuff. I know my stuff.”

The brand new series of ‘Strictly’ kicks off on BBC One tonight at 6.15pm.

This year’s ‘Strictly’ stars are...

Katie Piper - Presenter and campaigner

Faye Tozer - Steps singer

Danny John-Jules - actor

Vick Hope - Capital Radio presenter

Graeme Swann - Cricketer

Dr Ranj - TV doctor

Joe Sugg - YouTube star

Stacey Dooley - Documentary presenter

Kate Silverton - BBC Newsreader

Sean Walsh - Comedian

Ashley Roberts - Pussycat Dolls star

Lee Ryan - Blue singer

Lauren Steadman - Paralympian

Susannah Constantine - Presenter and fashion writer

Charles Venn - Actor


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Danny Dyer

Seeing Danny Dyer taking his trotters for a Jack Plance is exactly what TV was made for, and whilst it might seem unlikely he'd ever sign up, don't forget he once said he'd "never" do 'EastEnders'...

Nigella Lawson

Nigella loves anything decadent and extra, and with 'Strictly' being the most decadent and extra show on TV, quite why she hasn't signed up yet is a mystery to us. 

Courtney Act / Shane Janek

Bosses may not be keen on casting former reality TV stars, but they should probably make an exception for 'Drag Race' alum and 'Celebrity Big Brother' winner Courtney, who would bring some drag queen glam to the often binary world of ballroom.

Idris Elba

He may be busy having a huge Hollywood career, but wouldn't it be great to see Idris back on home turf? Plus, just look at how smooth he'd look in ballroom top and tails.

Stacey Solomon

When it was teased one of the 2018 contestants would be revealed on 'Loose Women', many fans predicted it would be panellist Stacey Solomon getting her dancing shoes on. And as much as we're excited to see Lee, Stacey would have been a brilliant booking. 

Richard Madeley

Just imagine Richard and Craig Revel Horwood clashing. TV gold.

Gemma Collins

The 'TOWIE' star was holding out for a spot on the 2018 line-up by way of compensation from the BBC, following *that* on-stage fall at the Radio 1 Teen Awards. And while bosses probably didn't want to give in to her diva demands, just think of all the meme-able content she would have served up.

Nadiya Hussain

Snapping up the most popular winner of what was once the BBC's most popular show is a no brainer, right?

Michelle Keegan

The former 'Corrie' star has been tipped for 'Strictly' every year in recent memory, so we'd like her finally do it, even if it's just so we never have to hear a "Michelle Keegan for 'Strictly'" rumour again.

Rio Ferdinand

Every series needs a sportsman, and what better man than former England captain and all-round good guy Rio Ferdinand? Given all that footwork on the pitch, we reckon he'd probably have the moves on the dancefloor too.

Beverley Callard

From the look of this picture, the wardrobe department wouldn't even have to make any outfits for Bev - she'd be able to bring in her own frocks.

Greg James

Having taken over as the host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Greg has just earned a whole new following. And what better way to capitalise on that than by doing 'Strictly'?

Alan Carr

Far be from us to suggest Alan would not be the most talented of dancers, but he'd be guaranteed to bring the laughs. 

Sara Cox

The Radio 2 DJ was robbed of a full run as a contestant when she took part in the 2013 Christmas special, if you ask us. 

Paddy McGuinness

Let the dance see the floor!

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