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a no­body.” She was mar­ried to Corky for 23 years and their son Mark, 32, is now a pro dancer of the US ver­sion of Strictly, Danc­ing with Stars. But Shirley walked out af­ter Corky cheated on her. “I like to think we still have a cor­dial re­la­tion­ship,” she said. For his part, Corky has claimed that the mar­riage was marred by arguments and Shirley’s bad tem­per. She was pre­vi­ously linked to a dance pupil al­most 30 years her ju­nior. She had coached Rus­sian Ye­gor Novikov, now 31, when he was a teenager and re­ports claimed they had a ro­mance when he was 24.

Shirley has also re­vealed how she susses out the celebri­ties on Strictly to find out who’s go­ing to be a diva.

“Some­times when peo­ple get ner­vous their per­son­al­ity be­comes larger than life, but in ac­tual fact they’re ter­ri­fied,” she ex­plained.

“I mon­i­tor ev­ery­one back­stage to see who’s cocky or who’s hum­ble, but it’ll all come down to this – how strong a char­ac­ter they are.”

“I un­der­stand how the show works now,” she adds. “The cast is amaz­ing and I love the time I spend with the judges. We get to­gether at least twice a week and en­gage with each other, so we all put our best foot for­ward and make a show the whole coun­try can re­ally en­joy.”

Look­ing ahead to 2019, she says that along with along with “peace, traquil­ity and hap­pi­ness” find­ing love is one of her top pri­or­i­ties.

“Maybe to find my­self that man that’s elud­ing me! I’m go­ing to put it on my wish list for Santa Claus.”

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