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Len Goodman
Len Goodman
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Full Name Leonard Gordon Goodman
Nickname(s) Len
Gender Male
Date of Birth April 25, 1944
Hair Color White
Network
Relationships Sue Barret (wife)
Job Main Judge (1–20, 22–)
Production
First Season Season 1
Duration 2005–present

Leonard Gordon "Len" Goodman (born 25 April 1944) is a British professional ballroom dancer, dance judge, and coach. He is a leading personality on television dance programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing with the Stars. He also runs a ballroom dance school in Dartford, Kent

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Goodman is one of the three judges on the Strictly Come Dancing American adaptation, Dancing with the Stars. He has appeared in all series of the programme since 2005 with Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

On December 7, 2014 he announced the twentieth season would be his last. However, he would remain a judge on the British version of the show Strictly Come Dancing. In January 2015, Len told producers that he would be open to do more seasons of the show. On August 19, 2015 it was offically confirmed that he would not return for season 21. He is the first original judge to leave the panel. On November 24, 2015 it was announced that he will return for season 22.


Despite appearing in all seasons he has taken a few weeks off from head judge being replaced with a a guest judge for the week.

He has missed

  • October 27, 2008 (season 7 week 6) replaced by Michael Flatley
  • September 28, 2009 (season 9 week 2) replaced by Baz Luhrmann
  • October 7, 2013 (season 17 week 4) replaced by Julianne Hough
  • November 4, 2013 (season 17 week 8) replaced by Cher
  • September 29, 2014 (season 19 week 3) replaced by Kevin Hart
  • October 6, 2014 (season 19 week 4) replaced by America's score
  • October 13, 2014 (season 19 week 5) replaced by Jessie J
  • October 20, 2014 (season 19 week 6) replaced by Pitbull

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