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Strictly Come Dancing fans gape as Shirley Ballas takes to the dance floor off-air

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STRICTLY Come Dancing fans were left intrigued after Shirley Ballas shared a secret off-screen dance with Giovanni Pernice.

The adorable clip showed the Queen of Latin, 62, alongside the Italian pro, 32, as they whizzed through Blackpool Tower’s iconic ballroom.


Strictly Come Dancing’s Shirley Ballas wowed fans with a secret routine in Blackpool[/caption]


Shirley, 62, dubbed Queen of Latin, went to Blackpool Tower with show professional Giovanni Pernice[/caption]

Strictly Come Dancing had returned to the home of the ballroom for the first time in three years following the coronavirus pandemic.

And Shirley understandably reveled in the opportunity for a samba on the special sprung dance floor before BBC filming began.

Wearing a pink blouse, leggings and heeled dance shoes, she took the stage with Giovanni, who left the competition earlier in the season with partner Richie Anderson.

As they expertly moved around the pink dance floor, the staff could be seen preparing the set.



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Shirley gushed in her Twitter caption: “Last night on the @TheBplTower ballroom floor 🔥

“Thank you @pernicegiovann1 for sambaing with me. I loved it.”

Referring to tonight’s results show – which was somewhat marred by the release of the Strictly spoiler – she added: “Please tune in @bbcstrictly at 7:20pm tonight to see the results. Have a wonderful Sunday everyone Xx #Strictly #samba #dance.”

Fans were quick to rave about the behind-the-scenes clip, with one writing: “Those twists!! I think you should dance with a different pro dancer x on the show every week.”

A second said: “Oh how I would love to dance with Giovanni 😍😍❤❤‘, while a third commented, ‘Would love to see more of you @MOTSI_MABUSE dancing on #strictly please!!’

Another remarked: “You are the spinning queen! Amazing how fast you do this. 👏

One then concluded: “Wow you sure haven’t lost your shine and amazing dancing skills x”

The amazing clip came hours after The Sun exclusively revealed how Shirley was tipped to replace Len Goodman on the US version of the show, Dancing with the Stars.

Len, 78, who was the chief judge at Strictly until 2016, announced his retirement this week.

And sources shared how Shirley is in the frame to replace him.

One said last night: “Len’s exit leaves a big hole in the panel but the show crew think Shirley would be a really great addition.

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“Her experience is unrivaled and she has made no secret that she would like to spend more time with her son Mark, who lives in the US with his wife Brittany.

“She could keep both her Strictly job and a new role on Dancing with the Stars — just like Len has for years.”


The duo performed a secret samba off-camera[/caption]


Lead Justice Shirley later chaired the panel when Strictly returned to the northern city for the first time in three years[/caption]


Giovanni was eliminated earlier in the Strictly series with celebrity partner Richie Anderson[/caption]

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