Gleb’s back…

…and he wants to re­turn to Strictly as one of the judges

TV Times - - News - Emma Bul­limore

Gleb Savchenko wowed view­ers with his nifty moves as he danced with celebrity part­ner Anita Rani on last year’s Strictly.

Now the Rus­sian heart-throb and cur­rent pro on Amer­ica’s Danc­ing with the Stars wants to re­turn to the UK as a judge.

‘I don’t think I’ll be com­ing back as a dancer, but maybe as a judge. I’d love that!’ he tells us in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view. ‘I think An­ton would be per­fect to take Len’s spot be­cause he’s an awe­some, knowl­edge­able guy with a great sense of hu­mour.

But when Bruno leaves in a few years, I could take his place…’

Gleb, 33, shocked fans by leav­ing the BBC phe­nom­e­non af­ter just one se­ries, but he re­veals it was only ever a short-term gig. ‘My wife Elena and I live in LA and we wanted to travel a bit, so Strictly was a great job that took me to Lon­don for five months. Then we came back home in time for our five-year-old daugh­ter, Olivia, to start school this year. It was a fam­ily de­ci­sion.’

He still finds time to watch our show, though, and says Danny Mac and Judge Rin­der are his favourite con­tes­tants. ‘Danny is killing it – he’s amaz­ing – and

I love the Judge, he’s so con­fi­dent.’

The good news is that Gleb is re­turn­ing to Bri­tain for two spe­cial per­for­mances of a West End stage show called One More Dance, co-star­ring fel­low ex-strictly pro Kristina Ri­hanoff. ‘There’ll be a lot of Gleb spe­cials,’ he prom­ises.

Read on to win tick­ets and meet Gleb in per­son!

let me be the judge... Gleb would love to join a new-look panel

Kristina and (above)

Judge rin­der and pro-part­ner


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