Shirley Ballas details Strictly performance she doesnt think can be topped

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Shirley Ballas has shared her favourite ever Strictly Come Dancing performance ahead of this year’s official launch.

The 63-year-old Latin dancer said: “I think it would have to be Kelvin Fletcher’s Samba with Oti [Mabuse] in Week One of 2019.

“I really don’t know how it could be topped! He has this big smile on his face and his bright blue shirt.

“It was absolutely outstanding and also technically astonishing – definitely one to remember.”

The former Emmerdale star went on to be crowned the winner of the BBC competition.

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When asked which dance stood out to her the most last year, she said: “It has got to be Hamza’s [Yassin] Salsa, what a surprise!

“The way he was flipping and throwing Jowita [Przystał] around like there’s no tomorrow, it was so impressive. I think that moment will go down in Strictly history.”

The wildlife cameraman went on to win last year’s series with Jowita after knocking out stiff competition in the grand finale.

Shirley will once again be judging the show alongside Motsi Mabuse, Anton du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood.

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Addressing her biggest challenge with the series, as well as her biggest joy, Shirley shared: “The biggest joy is being a small part in the nation’s favourite show and sharing my knowledge and passion for dance.

“The biggest challenge is when I hear Anton vote differently to Craig and Motsi in the dance-off and then the final say is down to me.

“It’s so heartbreaking having to send anyone home.”

A mix of celebrities are in this year’s line-up, including Angela Rippon, Les Dennis, Bobby Brazier and Nigel Harman.

Shirley said she’s excited to “be back with my beautiful judges and for all the laughs and smiles”.

“I’m also really looking forward to fangirling over Angela Rippon,” she added.

“She announced me during the UK championships many times during my competitive career so her voice brings back so many fond memories.”

The pairings for this year’s series are:

  • Amanda Abbington and Giovanni Pernice
  • Zara McDermott and Graziano Di Prima
  • Jody Cundy CBE and Jowita Przystal
  • Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Lauren Oakley
  • Angela Rippon CBE and Kai Widdrington
  • Layton Williams and Nikita Kuzmin
  • Nigel Harman and Katya Jones
  • Bobby Brazier and Dianne Buswell
  • Eddie Kadi and Karen Hauer
  • Annabel Croft and Johannes Radebe
  • Ellie Leach and Vito Coppola
  • Adam Thomas and Luba Mushtuk
  • Angela Scanlon and Carlos Gu
  • Nikita Kanda and Gorka Marquez
  • Les Dennis and Nancy Xu

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 6.15pm on BBC One.

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