Jennifer Grey Heading For Strictly Judging Panel

Forget putting baby in the corner, BBC Strictly bosses will be putting Jennifer Grey of Dirty Dancing fame straight onto the judging panel.

The 51-year-old actress who played Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman alongside the legendary Patrick Swayze in the 1987 classic will replace Len Goodman for a week while the head judge takes a break.

Grey won Dancing with the Stars – the US version of the celebrity dance show- last year with her partner and one-time Chreyl Cole squeeze Derek Hough.

She will join fellow judges Craig Revel Horwood, Alesha Dixon and Bruno Tonioli on the panel on 5 and 6 November as she casts her “Hungry Eyes” (come on, it’s Friday) over the UK talent.

Grey has said: “I so look forward to making the pilgrimage to the birthplace of the greatest dance show, the mecca of spray tans and tangos, and to sit in for the great and pernickety Len Goodman.”

The “great and pernicketyâ€? (?) head judge will be chilling out for a week while Grey does her best to judge the efforts of the British celebs. The 67-year-old judges the UK and US versions of the show and is said to be cream-crackered.

Len said: “Flying back and forth between London and LA doing the two shows is very gruelling, so this year the BBC have kindly agreed to give me a week off to rest.”

A BBC spokesman added: “It was always agreed that Len would take a week off from Strictly due to his commitments with Dancing with the Stars.”

We all love a bit of Len on a Saturday night and fear not Strictly super fans, he will return to the UK judging panel from 12 November.