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Shirley Ballas to leave Strictly Come Dancing after expert spots major sign

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On Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing, the remaining celebrities will take to the dancefloor for Musicals week in a bid to impress the judges. Craig Revel Horwood will not be joining his fellow co-stars Shirley Ballas, Motsi Mabuse and Anton du Beke on the panel after he tested positive for coronavirus. Instead, Craig will be replaced with award-winning singer and actress Cynthia Erivo.

Craig is currently the only original judge left on the panel.

Anton has stepped in to replace Bruno Tonioli after he was unable to travel to the UK due to coronavirus restrictions.

Professional dancer Motsi replaced Darcey Bussell on the panel in 2019.

While Shirley took over from Len Goodman as head judge in 2017.

None of the current judges has confirmed they have plans of leaving the show just yet, but body language expert Ruby believes Shirley could plan to leave soon after spotting a major sign.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Ruby said: “If there was anyone I thought could be leaving imminently, it would be judge Shirley Ballas.

“Although she has been on the show for four years now, Shirley has admitted previously that she doesn’t feel quite settled because a big part of her family lives in the US.

“A major sign that she could be leaving the show soon.”

The expert continued: “But what you can tell from her body language is that if Shirley does decide to leave the show, then it will be for personal reasons and nothing professional.

“Shirley is confident in her decisions and isn’t afraid to make gestures or use technical language, and she knows her stuff (obviously).”

Throughout the series, the bookmakers have been keeping a close eye on the celebrities as they predict who could be the one to lift the Glitterball Trophy.

The latest odds claim EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis and her dance partner Giovanni Pernice will win the competition with odds of 2/9.

John Whaite follows close behind the soap star with odds of 5/1.

AJ Odudu and her dance partner Kai Widdrington are also in the running to win with odds of 8/1.

However, the latest odds according to Betfair suggest BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker will be the next celebrity to leave the show.

Tilly Ramsay, who has landed in the bottom two twice so far, could also be at risk of elimination.

McFly star Tom Fletcher is also in the running to leave the competition on Sunday.

Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom said: “The betting suggests Dan Walker’s time on Strictly may finally be up, as he is the 11/8 favourite to foxtrot away from the ballroom this weekend having somehow managed to avoid a dance-off on the show to date.

“But the breakfast presenter is only slightly ahead of Tilly Ramsay at 7/4 who has been in the last two dance-offs and found herself reprieved by the judges.

“If there is strong competition in the betting to be voted off, the same cannot be said for the winner’s odds with Rose Ayling-Ellis still the overwhelming 2/9 odds-on favourite to lift the glitterball trophy – the EastEnders actress’ odds becoming even shorter after her stunning routine last weekend.”

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.

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