Dancing With The Stars Judge Len Goodman, dies at 78

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Len Goodman, British dance judge in 2007. By alotofmillion, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org


Leonard Gordon Goodman (25 April 1944 – 22 April 2023) was an English professional ballroom dancerdance teacher, and dance competition adjudicator. He appeared as head judge on the UK television programme Strictly Come Dancing, where various celebrities compete for the glitter ball trophy, from its beginning in 2004 until 2016 and on the U.S. television programme Dancing with the Stars from 2005 until 2022. He also ran a ballroom dance school in DartfordKent.


Goodman had been the sole head judge on Strictly Come Dancing’s American adaptation, Dancing with the Stars. He had appeared with fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli since the show’s inception and for five seasons with alternating fourth judges Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. He did not appear as a judge in season 21 and season 29, but presented short segments on dance styles during the latter season. On 14 November 2022, Goodman announced during the season 31 semifinals broadcast that he would be retiring from the show to spend more time with his family in Great Britain.