Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas is counting on her mum to nurse her back to health following breast surgery.

Shirley, 59, insists mum Audrey Rich, 82, will help her recover in time to appear on the hit BBC show that week.

The dancer learnt breast implants may reduce the effectiveness of mammograms so is having them removed this month. There has been a number of cancer ­diagnoses in her family.

Shirley said: “I’m a little nervous. It’s about a three-and-a-half hour operation.”

Afterwards Audrey, who was diagnosed with cancer, will stay with Shirley who said: “If anyone can get me up and ready in time for Strictly in four days it will be her.”

Twice-wed Shirley is looking forward to marrying for a third time, having met boyfriend Danny Taylor, 47

Twice-wed Shirley also told how she is looking forward to marrying for a third time, having met boyfriend Danny Taylor, 47, over Christmas when they were in panto together.

She said: “We dance all around the kitchen. I am teaching him the waltz.

“I would love to marry. If he asked me tomorrow I would be straight down the aisle.

Shirley and her mum Audrey at a coffee morning at her home, for Macmillan's World's Biggest Coffee Morning fundraiser, earlier this year

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