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Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge Shirley Ballas nearly quit show after struggling with fame

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Shirley Ballas almost quit hit Strictly Come Dancing after one series (Picture: BBC)

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas reveals she nearly quit after her first series, after struggling to deal with the overnight fame.

The 61-year-old dancer replaced former head judge Len Goodman for the 15th series and says she struggled to cope with online trolling and the wave of attention that came from the BBC One show.

Speaking to The Sun, Shirley said: ‘The mainstream fame which is handed to you by shows like Strictly has been quite hard to deal with.

‘You have to be resilient when people start writing or saying unkind things about you.’

The ballroom dancer admitted that the stress of fame was so overwhelming she asked her mother, Audrey, whether it was wise for her to return for a second series.

She added: ‘When the producers asked me back for a second go, I asked my mother if she thought it was a good idea. It is invasive on your private life but, eventually, we decided it would be OK to do it again.’

Shirley said her biggest motivation to continue as a judge on the show was her determination to make a stand against bullying in the dancing industry.

In her memoir, Behind the Sequins, the Queen of Latin said that she once received a hand-delivered letter with a drawing of her digging her own grave.

The message said: ‘Do you realise how much you are hated? The country hates you. How did they ever give a job to someone like you, you old witch.’

The Strictly judge has clearly risen above all that as she is currently on her fifth series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing returns Sunday at 7pm on BBC One


Credit: Original article published here.

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