Don’t worry, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, you weren’t the only one wondering if Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman might be be a little too old for this. Len is 68, and way back in 2005 — when DWTS first started — he was already considered a little long in the tooth to be judging a new dance show in the U.S.
Len, who recently got married, talked to The Mirror about how he’s been lucky his whole life. “I was 60 years old, running a little dance school, semi-retired, and suddenly I get the call to go for an interview for Strictly Come Dancing,” he said, referencing DWTS’s U.K. counterpart. He was fortunate that he happened to judge Strictly alongside a fiery Italian guy named Bruno Tonioli. “I was lucky to get Dancing With the Stars,” Len continued. “They actually wanted Bruno not me. They thought I was too old but they couldn’t find anyone else. I was like a last-minute replacement.”
Len said he always worries that the U.S. audience won’t understand his British accent. “But soon as I say something nasty they boo quick enough so I’m sure they know what’s going on.” Ha! Lest we mock him too much for being the grumpy grandpa of the gang, age does have its benefits when it comes to TV fame. “Thank God all this came along later in life,” Len said. “If it had all come when I was 25 I would have been staggering out of a club with a couple of dolly birds on my arm.”
Not that he’s hurting for female attention. In addition to his new wife, at least once a season a female pro or celeb kisses his bald spot or gives him a lap dance. It’s not a bad semi-retirement, if you can get it!
Dancing With the Stars Season 16 premieres March 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Source: The Mirror