http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39856114 It's the announcement everyone has been waiting a year for. International ballroom champion Shirley Ballas has been named as the new head judge on Strictly Come Dancing. Nicknamed the Queen of Latin, the 56-year-old will replace Len Goodman when the BBC show returns this autumn. Highly regarded in the world of ballroom, she has numerous titles to her name and is also the mother to Dancing with the Stars professional champion Mark Ballas. Although not widely known to UK audiences, Ballas has been frequently seen on Dancing with the Stars - on which Mark appeared for 10 years - giving masterclasses and commentary. "I am so excited and over the moon to have been given this wonderful opportunity," she said. "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!"