Shirley Ballas all smiles after cruise trip as her Strictly future is confirmed

Shirley Ballas was all smiles as she stepped off a cruise ship, just as her future on Strictly Come Dancing was confirmed.

The head judge on the long-running BBC show looked radiant as she beamed to the cameras whilst flashing a happy peace sign with her hands.

She struck a casual figure wearing a flowing leopard print top underneath a simple thigh length black cardigan.

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The star flashed her signature smile as she disembarked from her trip, sporting natural looking makeup with a dark pink lip whilst strutting in skinny trousers and black suede boots.

The star returned to the UK with plenty of luggage as she was accompanied by her with boyfriend Daniel Taylor after a seven-night cruise around Europe.

This comes after the presenters, judges and professional dancers were confirmed for the 21st series of the long-running BBC Show.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman were confirmed to once again be returning to host the show as a host of new celebrity contestants take to the floor in a bid to win the Glitterball Trophy.

But the BBC also confirmed that Shirley Ballas will be returning to the judging panel this year, alongside the likes of Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, and Anton Du Beke.

The corporation also confirmed that she will be retaking her place as the head of the panel, and will have the deciding vote for any dance-off incase there is a split decision.

Many of the fan-favourite professional dancers that will be returning to the show include Dianne Buswell, Nadiya Bychkova, Graziano Di Prima, Amy Dowden, Karen Hauer, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, Nikita Kuzmin, Gorka Marquez, Luba Mushtuk and Giovanni Pernice.

Jowita Przystal, Johannes Radebe, Kai Widdrington, Nancy Xu, Carlos Gu, Lauren Oakley, Michelle Tsiakkas and Vita Coppola will also take to the floor once again.

This was after Shirley previously confirmed that talks were underway for her to return as a judge, despite rumours stating otherwise.

Rumours had been circulating that Shirley wouldn't return to the judging panel after she hinted in an interview that she had quit the show.

"Last year I was struggling. It wasn’t just a little bit, it was a lot – the majority of it was in silence," she told the Mirror.

“I felt the abuse snowballed out of control and impacted me in such a negative way. I’m a pretty stoic person, and I tend to hold everything in.

“When it all kicked off, it seemed like it was larger than anything else. I was crying, I was emotional, but I was embarrassed about being so emotional. I didn’t want to talk to anybody about it.

“And that was an all-time low since I joined the show – it was the most negativity I’d ever experienced. The BBC were brilliant, checking in on me and offering counselling and support," she added.

However in a chat with Jonathan Ross on his ITV chat show, Shirley put the rumours to bed.

"Well… I do believe it's in the process," she confirmed. "Is that the right way to say it? Yes.. their people are talking to my people."

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