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Who is Shirley Ballas? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 head judge who replaced Len Goodman for this series

SHIRLEY Ballas shocked everyone when The Sun revealed she was set to be the new head judge on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, taking over from the fantastic Len Goodman as he retired from the show. But who is the champion ballroom dancer who beat the likes of Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole to the top […]

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SHIRLEY Ballas shocked everyone when The Sun revealed she was set to be the new head judge on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, taking over from the fantastic Len Goodman as he retired from the show.

But who is the champion ballroom dancer who beat the likes of Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole to the top job? Here’s all the information you need…

Shirley Ballas is the new favourite to replace Len Goodman as Head Judge on Strictly Come Dancing
Shirley Ballas is the replacement for Len Goodman as Head Judge on Strictly Come Dancing
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Who is Shirley Ballas, how old is she and what is her background?

Shirley Ballas, 56, is a British ballroom dancer who specialises in Latin dance and has won several championships earning her the nickname, The Queen of Latin.

She grew up in Wallasey in the North of England with her mother Audrey and brother David.

Her love of ballroom dance started aged seven when she took her first class in her local hall.

The talented youngster then started competing in competitions from the age of eight and, at 15 she moved to North Yorkshire to compete with British Ballroom Champion Nigel Tiffany.

They got engaged when she was 16 and a year later they moved to London.

However, she was then asked to try out to be Sammy Stopford’s partner, they fell in love and got married and went on to become one of the fastest rising couples in ballroom dance.

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They danced together from when she was 18 to 23 and won all the major titles worldwide.

The pair then parted ways and she met Corky Ballas, who she married and had a son Mark in 1986.

Corky and Shirley competed together and won their first professional Latin title in 1984 and went on to win it a further eight years in a row.

In 1990, they moved back to the UK and went on to win the Open British Professional Latin title in 1995 and ’96.

Shirley and Corky were married until 2007

What is Shirley Ballas’ relationship with Derek and Julianne Hough?

In 1997, Shirley was a teaching trip to Salt Lake City when she met the now famous dancers Derek and Julianne Hough.

Their parents were going through a divorce when they were aged about eight and 11 and Derek asked Shirley if he could come and live with her in the UK.

He went to live with his coaches Shirley and Corky and Julianne joined him a few months later.

They only intended to stay for a year of training but Derek stayed for 10 and Julianne returned to the US after five years.

Derek and Julianne Hough were coached and lived with Shirley Ballas and her husband Corky in London
Derek and Julianne Hough were coached and lived with Shirley Ballas and her husband Corky in London
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Derek and Julianne, along with Shirley’s son Mark, were trained by the couple at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, learning everything from song to dance and gymnastics.

Mark and Julianne danced together and became the youngest couple to the win the British Open and the World Junior Championships.

All three went on to work as professional dancers on the American version of Dancing With The Stars with Julianne winning seasons 4 and 5, Mark won season 6 and Derek finished top on five separate occasions.

While Derek credits the couple for his success as a dancer, Julianne claimed she was  “abused, mentally, physically, everything,” during her time in London.

Shirley is the favourite to replace Strictly’s Len Goodman, second left, after dazzling bosses at a secret screen test
Shirley replaced Strictly’s Len Goodman, second left, after dazzling bosses at a secret screen test
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What TV experience does Shirley Ballas have?

Shirley was previously a judge on the American version of Dancing With The Stars and a source said she was “complete natural” during her audition for Strictly Come Dancing.

She even outshone job rivals, show favourites Anton Du Beke and Brendan Cole, who also tried out for the plum role.

Speaking about landing the top job, she told The Sun: “I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity.

“I can’t wait to get in to the ballroom and be part of the incredible and respected judging panel. Strictly is so loved by the British public, I have always been a massive fan.  I just can’t wait!”

Is Shirley Ballas married?

Shirley has already been touched by the Strictly love curse when her ex-husband Corky left her for former Strictly pro Kristina Rihanoff after he became her teacher in 2003.

She divorced her second husband in 2007 but his relationship with Kristina is said to have fizzled out the following year — her first season on Strictly.

Kristina, 39, is now with former England rugby star Ben Cohen, 39.

They were partnered on the show in 2013 and have a daughter together.

In an interview with  The Sun, Shirley admitted she understands how the Strictly curse happens.

She told Dan Wootton: “If you’re locked up in a room and you’re coming out in your little sensual clothing and men are baring chests and you’re there every week and you have to do romance, it’s difficult not to have chemistry.

“I mean we need chemistry on the show. Who’s to say who falls in love with who?”

She explained: “I understand life. I wouldn’t say particularly it’s down to Strictly.

“Maybe they were having problems before Strictly. It depends doesn’t it? We’re not inside those doors to tell or to judge really.”

When is Strictly Come Dancing on TV?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

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Who is Aidan ‘JP’ Maguire actor Patrick Bergin in EastEnders, what movies has he starred in and who’s his wife?

PATRICK Bergin has enjoyed an acting career spanning 30 years and has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names. But his latest role has taken him all the way to Walford, as he is the newest face to arrive on EastEnders– here’s what we know about him. Who is Patrick Bergin? Patrick Bergin, 66, is […]

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PATRICK Bergin has enjoyed an acting career spanning 30 years and has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

But his latest role has taken him all the way to Walford, as he is the newest face to arrive on EastEnders– here’s what we know about him.

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Who is Patrick Bergin?

Patrick Bergin, 66, is an acclaimed Irish actor whose most notable role to date has been playing Julia Roberts’ menacing husband in 1991’s Sleeping with the Enemy.

The Hollywood star was born in Drimnagh, Dublin in 1951 .

He turned to acting after living and working in London as a teacher, builder, and as part of a theatre group which he himself founded.

What films has Patrick Bergin been in?

He’s enjoyed an impressive 30-year career to date, on both sides of the Atlantic, and has starred in a number of Hollywood films.

He made his name in Tinsel Town in the 90s, starring in the likes of Patriot games, Robin Hood, Highway to Hell, and Mountains Of The Moon.

The actor has starred alongside the likes of Harrison Ford, Sean Bean and Uma Thurman.

His turn as Martin Burney in Sleeping with the Enemy earned him a Saturn nomination for best actor in a supporting role.

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When will Patrick Bergin make his EastEnders debut?

Patrick will appear on-screen as Aidan JP Maguire, a prison friend of Phil Mitchell’s, on Monday November 27.

The villain makes a call at Phil’s house, before making himself known to a number of the Square’s residents.

When the news was announced earlier this year, Patrick said: “I am delighted to be joining EastEnders as I have watched and admired it since the days of Dirty Den.

“It is an iconic show that has the ability to shape the way people think, while also telling big explosive stories that keep the audience gripped.

“I am really looking forward to seeing what they have in store for Aidan as it’s bound to be dramatic.”

Patrick will appear on-screen as Aidan JP Maguire, a prison friend of Phil Mitchell’s, on Monday November 27
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Is Patrick Bergin in a band?

Bergin fronts his own band called Patrick Bergin and the Spirit Merchants.

His song The Knacker found equal parts success and controversy when released.

After causing some offence with the song’s title, Bergin responded: “I was talking to another woman from the travelling community on the radio and we came to an understanding and she accepted that it was not intended that way, and proceeds will go to benefit travelling communities.”

 

 

 

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How old is Gloria Hunniford, who was her daughter Caron Keating, what TV shows has the Rip Off Britain host presented and who is her husband?

SHE regularly appears on our screens and Loose Women viewers will be familiar with her. But how old is Gloria Hunniford and who was her daughter Caron Keating? Here’s what you need to know. How old is Gloria Hunniford and who was her daughter Caron Keating? Gloria Hunniford was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, on […]

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SHE regularly appears on our screens and Loose Women viewers will be familiar with her.

But how old is Gloria Hunniford and who was her daughter Caron Keating? Here’s what you need to know.

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How old is Gloria Hunniford and who was her daughter Caron Keating?

Gloria Hunniford was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, on April 10, 1940, she is currently 77.

The presenter lost her beloved daughter Caron Keating in April 2004 to breast cancer aged just 41.

Speaking on Loose Women, Gloria said: “My Caron also lost her hair. I can hardly say this without weeping because she had beautiful long hair, and to see that being cut to get ready for it.

Her voice thick with tears, she added: “Her loss of hair…she would never let her little boys see her without the wig.”

Caron was a television presenter who joined the Blue Peter team in the 1980s.

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Gloria’s daughter Caron was a television presenter who joined the Blue Peter team in the 1980s[/caption]

She also appeared on several other shows including This Morning and co-hosted a show on BBC Radio 5.

Who is Gloria Hunniford’s husband and what TV shows has she presented?

Gloria is married to hairdresser Stephen Way.

The pair married in September 1998, in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Rip Off Britain host Gloria has presented numerous shows over the years, including BBC’s Doorstep Crime 999, Loose Women, Home Away From Home and Food: Truth Or Scare.

She also had her own daily BBC Radio 2 show .

 

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Peter Andre reveals son Theo spent last Christmas in hospital after terrifying illness that left him struggling to breathe

PETER Andre has revealed how youngest son Theo spent his first festive period in hospital after he contracted bronchiolitis and was left struggling to breathe. The popstar, 44, and wife Emily, with whom he shares two children, has opened up on the “very scary time” which saw the tot rushed to the medical ward shortly […]

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PETER Andre has revealed how youngest son Theo spent his first festive period in hospital after he contracted bronchiolitis and was left struggling to breathe.

The popstar, 44, and wife Emily, with whom he shares two children, has opened up on the “very scary time” which saw the tot rushed to the medical ward shortly after being born.

Peter Andre has opened up on his sheer fear after son Theo, aged one, was hospitalised last year
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The parents are looking forward to a much happier, healthier Christmas with the one-year-old fighting fit and ready to celebrate with three-year-old sister Millie as well as Junior and Princess Price, Peter’s children with former glamour model Katie.

Yet Emily, who works as a doctor, candidly revealed she had only recently felt comfortable discussing his terrifying illness.

She told OK! Magazine: “He (Theo) was struggling a bit with his breathing so needed oxygen in hospital.

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What is Bronchiolitis?

Peter Andre has spoken candidly about his son Theo's battle with Bronchiolitis, but just what is it?

  • Bronchiolitis is a common infection of the lower respitratory tract which affects babies and toddlers under two years old
  • It is caused by a virus spread through tiny droplets of liquid from the coughs or sneezes of someone who is infected
  • It causes the lungs to be inflamed, and reduces the amount of air able to enter them
  • Most cases are mild and clear up within three weeks
  • Children with more severe cases, such as Theo, may need to recieve hospital treatment
  • The early symptoms are similar to a common cold and include a runny nose and cough
  • Fever, difficulty feeding and rapid or noisy breathing are also signs

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“It was tough for me to speak about at the time but now he’s a chubby cherub and is right as rain, I feel fine to talk about it.

After revealing Theo had spent time in an oxygen chamber as the Christmas build up ramped up around him, she added of this year’s celebrations: “I’m really looking forward to it as last year Theo was so miserable and he wasn’t well at all.”

The youngster’s ordeal saw his weight drop from 6lb 10oz to 5lb 7oz in just three days.

His battled his own road to recovery with the help of oxygen therapy, a regular method of recovery, with both parents gushing he is “great”.

Mum-of-two Emily said she only recently felt able to talk about Theo’s scary diagnosis
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The tot is back to ‘great’ health
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Meanwhile, Mysterious Girl singer Pete told how he was left unable to protect his little boy, instead forced to watch as he lay poorly in the ward.

He added how despite the fact Tho was being looked after by Emily’s mum, who works as a children’s doctor: “It was was a very scary time.

“We worried like crazy.”

Meanwhile Peter’s angst came shortly after he shared an adorable throwback snap of him and eldest son Junior as a baby.

Peter, 44, recently shared a throwback snap of eldest son Junior as a tot
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In the snap ahead of his 13th birthday, a newborn Junior can be seen clutching on to Pete’s shoulder as the father beams with pride.

Peter shared the sweet picture with his 726,000 Instagram followers, adding the caption: “An old photo of Junior and I. He’ll be 13 in June. It’s crazy. Nothing but love.”

Fans rushed to shower Peter in compliments with one devoted follower telling him: “He’s gorgeous, just like his Dad!”

Another fan gushed: “Wow, gorgeous photo! Junior is the image of you.”

A third put: “Beautiful pic! Scary how fast our babies grow.”


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