Shirley Ballas appeared to be in jovial spirits as she stepped out with her fiancé Danny Taylor after the Strictly Come Dancing dress rehearsal on Friday.
The head judge, 63, flashed a huge smile as she was seen heading back to her hotel with her boyfriend Danny, 50, in Blackpool.
The Strictly stars, dancers and judges have all headed to the seaside resort ahead of Saturday’s hotly-anticipated annual Blackpool Tower special.
And Shirley was supported by her partner Danny as he travelled up to Blackpool with her for the spectacular, after she confessed they hadn’t seen each other in ‘months’.
For the dress rehearsal, Shirley put on a leggy display in a lavish black faux-fur jacket, which she teamed with black stiletto heels.
Glam: Shirley Ballas appeared to be in jovial spirits as she stepped out after the Strictly Come Dancing dress rehearsal on Friday ahead of the much-anticipated Blackpool special
All smiles: The head judge, 63, flashed a huge smile as she was seen heading back to her hotel with her boyfriend Danny, 50, in Blackpool as they appeared as smitten as ever
She looked effortlessly glamorous in her extravagant ensemble and accessorised her look with statement silver earrings.
The ballroom dancer appeared to be in excellent spirits as she was seen beaming while sitting in her car alongside Danny as they headed to their hotel.
Danny cut a suave figure in a black suit as he showed his support for Shirley and the Strictly team by attending the rehearsal for the Blackpool special.
The Blackpool special will include an incredible opening routine from the Strictly cast before the remaining couples will take to the most famous sprung dancefloor to pull out all the stops with some spectacular routines.
Their latest cosy outing comes after Shirley confirmed that she and Danny hadn’t split after she told how she had only seen him once since August.
Speaking to Heat Magazine in October, she said: ‘We talk regularly on the phone, so I suppose you could say we have a good FaceTime relationship. But it works.
‘I’m not interested in getting another boyfriend, and he’s not interested in getting another girlfriend.’
And in August, Shirley admitted it’s ‘miraculous’ she and Danny are still together as they struggle to see each due to their busy schedules.
She told The Sun: ‘Danny, we’re still together after four and a half years. That’s miraculous. He has a very busy schedule and I have a very busy schedule.’
Elegant: For the dress rehearsal, Shirley put on a leggy display in a lavish black faux-fur jacket, which she teamed with black stiletto heels
Going strong: Their latest cosy outing comes after Shirley confirmed that she and Danny hadn’t split after she admitted she hadn’t seen him in ‘months’
She went on to say that her busy lifestyle means she’s ‘all over the place’ but they try ‘to make it work’.
The pair – who have a 13 year age difference – met at pantomime rehearsals for Jack And The Beanstalk in 2018 in Darlington and have been inseparable ever since.
Two years ago, Shirley revealed that the pair had discussed adopting a child together.
She told the Loose Women panel she wouldn’t rule out expanding her family with Danny, and said it was ‘important’ to explore the option of bringing a child into her home.
Shirley has been married twice before, first tying the knot to dancing partner Sammy Stopford in 1980 before splitting five years later.
She then went on to wed fellow ballroom professional dancer Corky Ballas in 1985 and they welcomed son Mark Ballas together, before divorcing in 2007.
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Layton says: ‘Absolutely buzzing to confirm that I will be taking part in THE most iconic dance competition in the UK! It’s time to bring it to the Ballroom. So excited to learn new skills from the best. Bring on the sequins… ALL the sequins!’
Krishnan says: ‘I’m surprised, delighted and slightly confused to find myself taking part in Strictly on the basis of ‘You only live once!’ I can’t wait to start learning to dance, but I am slightly worried about my general decrepitude.’
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Eddie says: ‘WOW. Anyone who knows me, understands that music and dance is so important and central to who I am. I’m so unbelievably proud and honoured that Strictly and the BBC have asked me to join the 2023 Team. I promise you, I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. This is going to be a VIBE.
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Angela says: ‘I’m not particularly fit, I’ve no idea how my pelvic floor is going to react to this dancing. I’ve never done any dances apart from drunken jiving at a wedding!’
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Adam says: ‘I can’t dance to save my life but I’m buzzing to learn and have a good laugh with my pro. Get me on that dance floor…I can’t wait!’
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Ellie says: ‘It still doesn’t feel real that I’m going to be doing Strictly!! It’s always been a dream of mine so I guess dreams really do come true!!!!’
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Bobby says: ‘I’m so excited to be part of the Strictly line up, I can’t wait to start training like a professional dancer and adding a few moves to my locker. I’m looking forward to performing in-front of everyone.’
Nigel says: ‘I’m amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly. As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it’s my turn…..gulp!’
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Annabel says: ‘I have always loved watching Strictly and can’t quite believe I’m going to be part of this magical show – swapping tennis balls for glitter balls and looking forward to finding some joyfulness in the process.’