Shirley Ballas’ appearance leaves Strictly viewers distracted ‘She looks like Big Bird’ | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


Shirley Ballas caught the eye of Strictly Come Dancing viewers as she made her 2023 debut.

As the judges were introduced on Saturday’s launch show on BBC One, the head judge was immediately compared to “Big Bird” from Sesame Street.

As the 63-year-old made her first appearance in a bright and sparkly yellow dress, many couldn’t help but make the comparison with the children’s TV character.

Twitter user @corby_tun penned: “#Strictly Has Shirley been inspired by Big Bird?”

@LucyDBLanguage asked: “Who wore it better? Shirley or Big Bird? #Strictly.”

@Ariadne_Reviews penned: “Big Bird was quite the surprise signing for this year. #scd #strictly.”

“Shirley’s murdered Big Bird! #Strictly,” @jomcg2501 shared.

@riddikulus_puff added: “Shirley cosplaying as big bird tonight #Strictly.”

Among the Strictly Come Dancing line-up for this year were: Amanda Abbington, Angela Rippon, Layton Williams, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Eddie Kadi, Angela Scanlon, Zara McDermott, Adam Thomas, Nikita Kanda, Ellie Leach, Jody Cundy CBE, Bobby Brazier, Nigel Harman, Annabel Croft and Les Dennis.

Speaking ahead of the launch, Shirley Ballas remarked: “The audience is in for a real treat, my dance shoes are back out and it feels amazing!

“I’ve been put through my paces, but to be dancing with my fellow Judges and the professional dancers is a feeling like no other.”

Former Strictly dancer Anton Du Beke added: “It’s an amazingly brilliant number, I’m really delighted that we’re doing something and my fellow judges are on great form as well.

“Everyone is in great shape and everyone is dancing well and it’s just a really fantastic number, it genuinely is.

“It felt a bit like being back in a pro number! I am on a podium. It’s exciting!”

Motsi Mabuse stated: “You think you’ve retired and you’re never going to dance again and you’ve done it all, but then Strictly calls and then the shoes are back on!

“I think that the audience loves to see the Judges dancing and it’s going to be a big celebration.”

Judge “villain” Craig Revel-Horwood added: “Well, it’s very exciting.

“So I’m doing an assisted backward walk over darling, which I’ve never done before, its when you drop into two boys’ arms, flip over and land hopefully on your feet, so that’ll be good fun! It’s really stylized, I really love the music and it’s a compilation and it’s all four Judges going up against each other!”

Strictly Come Dancing continues on Saturday at 6.35pm on BBC One.


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