"Dancing With the Stars" recently moved from its home station of ABC to Disney's streaming service, Disney+.
The reality competition show is hosted by “America’s Next Top Model” host Tyra Banks and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor Alfonso Ribeiro and is judged by Len Goodman, who serves as the head judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, and Bruno Tonioli.
However, towards the end of the season that just aired, Len Goodman announced he would be retiring from the show to spend more time back in his home country of the United Kingdom.
Who Will Replace Len Goodman On 'Dancing With the Stars'?
According to sources, the reality competition show may have found their replacement for Len Goodman -- "Strictly Come Dancing"'s Motsi Mabus.
A "Dancing With the Stars" insider told The Sun that Motsi, 41, is currently the number one candidate to replace the fan-favorite judge, and "would bring a new perspective to the show, and much-needed diversity to the table."
"Motsi is a very outspoken and lively character," the insider said. "She is loved on the UK version for being a strong independent mind and someone who stands up for herself."
"She would bring a fresh feel to the show," the insider continued.
Other Replacements Revealed By 'DWTS' Insider
Mabus isn't the only candidate the show is reportedly looking at. "Strictly Come Dancing"'s Shirley Ballas, 62, is also a top choice. "Len’s exit leaves a big hole in the panel, but the show team feel Shirley would be a really great addition," the source added.
“Her experience is unrivaled and she has made no secret of the fact she’d love to spend more time with her son Mark, who is based in the U.S. with his wife Brittany," they concluded.
Len Goodman Announces His Retirement
“Whilst we all are getting excited and looking forward so much to the finale next week, it would also be with a touch of sadness, and this will be my last season judging on ‘Dancing with the Stars,'” the judge said on a recent episode. “I’ve been with the show since it started in 2005, and it has been a huge pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful show, but I’ve decided I want to spend more time with my children and family.”
"You've inspired generations of dancers around the entire globe through your passion and through your expertise and through laser-focused eye," Banks said. "And they are going to carry on that commitment to excellence forever."
Professional dancer Cheryl Burke, who is also retiring from the show, thanked Goodman for everything he taught her. "You have been a huge part of the reason why ballroom dancing has continued to entertain millions of people at home who gather around their TV screens every week," she wrote on social media. "Thank you for changing my life and for bringing joy to millions of people who have been watching us throughout the years."