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Does 'DWTS' Head Judge Len Goodman Need a Vacation?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 25th 2011 9:20AM
Len Goodman, 'DWTS'Is the strain of his heavy workload and weekly transatlantic commute starting to take its toll on 'Dancing With the Stars' head judge Len Goodman? He and Bruno Tonioli have a punishing schedule, pulling double duty judging 'DWTS' during the week, and then flying back to the UK to judge the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' at the weekend.

Now Len's had blow-ups with pro dancers on both shows in the space of just a few days. Is he crankier than usual? Last night he and Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a major falling out after Maks interrupted Len's harsh critique of his rumba. That bust up followed a furious on-air altercation with 'Strictly' dancer James Jordan on Saturday night, during which Len told him, "All you have to do is turn up, keep up and shut up."

Is an irascible Len overdue for a vacation? Well, luckily for him he'd already booked one before it got nasty on the dancefloor(s). It's been announced that Len is taking a week off from 'Strictly' next month, and subbing-in for him as guest judge on Nov. 5 and 6 will be none other than 'DWTS' Season 11 champ, Jennifer Grey.

She told the BBC, "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."

For his part, Len said "Flying back and forth between London and LA doing the two shows is very grueling, 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'."

It's not the first time Len's had a celebrity stand-in while he's been on vacation. 'Lord of the Dance' star Michael Flatley filled-in for him back in Season 7, and got to judge the relative merits of Cloris Leachman, Lance Bass and Susan Lucci, among others. Flatley was also rumored to be a possible fulltime replacement when Len underwent treatment for prostate cancer in 2009.

Both pro dancers who fought with Len this week blew up after he criticized their partner's performance. After Len told Hope Solo that her rumba was her "worst dance of the whole season," Maks went for the jugular and suggested maybe it time the veteran judge retired. He then carried on his tirade in his post-performance interview with host Brooke Charvet.

Similarly, 'Strictly' dancer Jordan lost his temper after judge Craig Revel Horwood described his partner as "sexless, cold and stiff," leading Len to intervene. When Jordan pointed out that the public loved them, Len said "We are here and we spend a lifetime watching and teaching and judging dancing. Our criteria are different to the public's."

Jordan not only went on to heckle Len from the gallery, he also told host Tess Daly that "It would be nice if the judges stopped commenting on our choreography -- we've also been in the business a long, long time. We know what we are doing."

Backstage last night Maks seemed calmer, but defended his comments. By contrast, Len and James Jordan have reportedly put aside their differences and made up. A 'Strictly' source told 'The Mirror' that "Len appreciated James was passionate about his performance so they drew a line under the row."

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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len has an agenda alright, so he wants k alley to win, so I give len all 4`s so say goodnight lin and go back to england you old limy!

October 30 2012 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why did the have JR as the winner and being interviewed by Jimm Kimmel before the end of the show. In other words is this show fixed? Please respond.

November 22 2011 at 11:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darla Williams

I agree with Max. Len and Bruno are rude. Time for them to go. Why should the contestants have to put up with their inconsiderate and thoughtless remarks. Len is just a grumpy old man.

October 27 2011 at 12:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Max was a little disrespectful, but MAX has it way over CHAZ BONO and that's the truth. I think if Max would have lost it would have been a disaster and I for one would not watch the show anymore. Bristol Palin only got the votes because of her Mom. She couldnt dance for sh*t. And Chaz got alot of votes because of his Mom Cher. Come on people. Wake up. Max is great!!!!!!!!!

October 26 2011 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just one more weird o i won't have to look at of course i could turn it off & go to hooters & see naked women

October 26 2011 at 8:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to BERTIE's comment

Ha ha ha. I'm sure I exactly know who the Weirdo is!!! Ucck. Nasty !!!!!!!!!!!

October 26 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get rid of "no giration" Len!

October 25 2011 at 10:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get rid of Carrie Ann. She stinks as a judge. She tried to insert herself into the flap between Len and Maks to make herself seem important. She fawns over bad dancers and holds other up to higher standards. Len is mean at times, Bruno is a baffoon. Maks had every right to be upset and he did help build the show. Something was lost in translation I fear! Derek is extremely popular but he hasn't been there since the beginning and he took a season off. Maks has been a draw and the producers should realize that and tell the judges to judge the dancing and look for improvement, not popularity polls.

October 25 2011 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Dukewife's comment

U got that right. All the way.

October 26 2011 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I totally support Maks. I'm sick to death of the blatant favoritism shown to certain contestents! Len needs to retire. Maks is the most popular pro on the show and has made the show hugely successful. Yes, I realize the show has done the same for him. Oh, and Carson should replace Brooke!

October 25 2011 at 2:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Len and Bruno both need to go. Macs is one of the best dancers on the show. We do not need those sarcastic statements the two of them seem to come up with

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