Shirley Ballas says 'Horlicks and sex' is her ideal bedtime ritual

‘I’ve still got plenty of sauce!’ Strictly’s Shirley Ballas, 61, says she enjoys ‘lots of Horlicks and SEX’ before heading to bed with beau Danny Taylor

Shirley Ballas has revealed that it’s ‘still important’ for her to feel sexy – and that Horlicks and sex is her preferred ritual at bedtime.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge head judge, 61, also believes she hasn’t lost her sensual side, as she prepares to slip into some glitzy outfits for the highly-anticipated new series, which kicks off on Saturday. 

Shirley, who is currently dating actor Danny Taylor, 49, described her ideal night-time set up to The Sun. 

Cheeky! Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas, 61, revealed ‘lots of Horlicks and sex’ is her ideal bedtime ritual

‘I’d want Horlicks AND sex. Lots of Horlicks and sex – or a bit of Horlicks and a lot of sex. My Danny just left this morning, we had a marvellous weekend together. There was lots of Horlicks. It was beautiful,’ she divulged.  

The ballroom icon is set to join forces once again with her co-judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and new judge, Anton Du Beke, who is stepping in for Bruno Tonioli for the 19th series of the TV dance contest.

And Shirley admitted that as a result of ‘rather liking her legs’, she won’t hesitate to wear some short dresses this year.

Shirley insisted she likes to stay ‘age-appropriate’ and won’t adopt a ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ style. 

‘I’m not lamb any more, but I’ve still got plenty of sauce. Look at Amanda Holden. She looks amazing at 50. But I’m 61 and, trust me, those ten or 11 years make a huge difference,’ she said.

Focusing on Strictly could not come at a better time for Shirley, who has endured a tough year.

Back again: The ballroom icon is set to join forces once again with her co-judges Craig Revel Horwood (r) Motsi Mabuse (l) and new judge, Anton Du Beke

Her father passed away in April, she suffered a cancer scare and was also bedridden with COVID. 

Fortunately, the lump she had discovered in her shoulder turned out to be benign, but is still causing her pain – something which she cannot currently do anything about, as she admitted she doesn’t have ‘three spare days’ for an operation due to work commitments.

Shirley, who got double-jabbed at the earliest possibility, is firm in the fact that the pandemic has not spoiled the traditional ‘vibrant’ atmosphere that Strictly is known for. 

Loved up: Strictly Come Dancing’s head judge, 61, also believes she hasn’t lost her sensual side as she prepares to slip into some glitzy outfits for the highly-anticipated new series, which kicks off on Saturday (pictured with beau Danny Taylor)

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This comes after Strictly bosses have pulled out all the stops to ensure this year’s show can go ahead.

The 2020 series faced a number of challenges, such as the axing of the classic Blackpool episode due to COVID restrictions.

‘I got the sense that everyone was truly grateful to be there and ready to show us what they can do. And it is a fantastic line-up,’ Shirley assured.   

Elsewhere, Strictly panellist Motsi addressed to The Mirror the pressure that her pro dancing sister Oti, 31, is under.

Oti made history last year when she became the first professional dancer to bag that iconic glitterball two years in a row.

‘There’s a lot of pressure on my little one. But she’s a lion. She’s a fighter, she’s got all great qualities and she’s not going down without a fight,’ Motsi said.  

Supportive sis: Elsewhere, Strictly panellist Motsi addressed to The Mirror the pressure that her pro dancing sister Oti, 31, is under



Age: 36

Profession: McFly musician

Tom says: ‘I’m so pleased the news is out it’s been so hard keeping it secret. Equal parts excited and terrified.’

Fun fact: Tom’s McFly bandmate Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing in 2011. Tom’s wife Giovanna Fletcher is the reigning champion of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

 Age: 48

Profession: Actor and comedian

Robert says: ‘It’s very exciting but with a slight undertone of quivering terror.’

Fun Fact: Robert squeezed into a shiny leotard to take the title of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief in 2009, performing What A Feeling from ’80s film Flashdance, beating the likes of Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness to the title. 


Age: 27

Profession: CBBC presenter  

Rhys says: ‘I have dreamt about being on this show, and I know for a fact that it is going to exceed every expectation’

Fun fact: Rhys has been an actor since the age of ten, performing alongside Matt Smith and Hugh Bonneville. 


 Age: 28

Profession: Actress

Katie says: ‘I’m really not a dancer, but I’m so excited to learn a new skill on this crazy journey and cannot wait to slip into some sequins along the way.’

Fun fact: Katie, who played Sinead Tinker in Corrie, won a NTA for Best Serial Drama Performance in 2020. 


Age: 19

Profession: CBBC presenter

Tilly says: ’I’m going to put my heart and soul into this and can’t wait to get my dancing shoes on!’

Fun fact: Tilly’s father is celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and the pair often star in dancing TikTok videos.


Age: 52

Profession: Actress

Nina says: ‘I think I should do this before I’m too old and can’t walk anymore. I just want to grab life by the horns and just enjoy it.’

Fun fact: Nina is a JDRF Ambassador and was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List. 


Age: 26

Profession: Athlete 

Adam says: ‘I’m really looking forward to doing something totally different and challenging myself away from the pool.’

Fun fact: Adam becoming the first British swimmer to defend an Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.



Age: 38

Profession: Rugby player and sports pundit

Ugo says: ‘What a dream come true! Strictly is the biggest entertainment show on TV and I can’t wait to show everyone I’ve got more than just dad dancing moves.

Fun fact: Beginning his rugby career at Harlequins in 2002, Ugo went on to make 241 appearances for the club where he scored 89 tries, won a Premiership and made his England debut in 2008.



Age: 33

Profession: TV presenter

 AJ says: ‘I think it’s going to be really challenging. I can’t wait for the sequins, the wigs, the glitz and the glamour.’

Fun Fact: AJ has appeared as a panelist on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two in the past, too.


Age: 33

Profession: Great British Bake Off Winner and TV chef

 John says: ‘I’m so grateful, excited, and nervous to be joining the Strictly 2021 family… I’ve been wearing sequins and jazzy attire since I was three years old and can’t wait to hurl myself, full throttle, around the most glamorous dance floor on earth’

Fun Fact: John is set tp be part of the first ever all-male partnering – the first in 17 years of the show


Age: 37  

Profession:  Businesswoman

Sara says: ‘I’m really nervous because so far the producers keep asking me if I can dance… Truth be told – I haven’t got a clue! I’ve not danced since I did ballet lessons when I was little.’

Fun fact: Sara was the youngest ever dragon on BBC show Dragons’ Den. 


Age: 44 

Profession: Journalist

Dan says: ‘I’m enjoying the experience when it starts of learning to dance. I’ll be honest I’m not making room on any shelves in my house for the glitterball.’

Fun fact: Dan recently quit Football Focus after 12 years at the helm and has been covering Tokyo Olympics.


Age: 55

Profession: Actor

Greg says: ‘It’s about being out there and exposing yourself as someone who can’t dance, and learning.’

Fun fact: Greg is married to the actress Emma Thompson who he met while filming Sense and Sensibility.       


Age: 30

Profession: Actress

Rose says: ‘I hope I will do the deaf community proud and break down more barriers. I am also very excited to learn an incredible new skill.’

 Fun fact: Rose will make history as Strictly’s first deaf contestant. 


Age: 41

Profession: Comedienne 

Judi says: ‘I’m truly looking forward to pushing myself in something that I could have only dreamed of doing and now it’s actually coming true!’

Fun fact: Judi began comedy when she performed a set in front of her class for a degree module.

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