A popular panel member has announced he is to step down as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing after leading the panel since the show began 12 years ago.1judgeThe next series of the ballroom dancing competition will be 72-year-old Len Goodman’s last, the BBC said.  Goodman will once again be joined by Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood, as well as presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

In a statement he said: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on?

“This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of head judge to someone else.