Strictly Come Dancing is set to return with its 2021 series later this year – but who is rumoured to be in the line-up?
The BBC reality series has seen a host of famous faces take to the dance floor over the years.
But while it may be months till the launch show, that doesn’t stop the rumours from circulating about who will be joining the show.
And the latest name in the frame is BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker, who was voted Britain’s most popular weatherman in 2017.
BBC weatherman Tomasz Schafernaker for Strictly Come Dancing 2021?
A source told The Sun: “Strictly producers have had him in their sights for several years but he’s now high up on their wish-list of contenders for the 2021 series.
“It seemed apt to target him this year as he’s become one of the most-watched figures during lockdown as his growing mane of hair has been a talking point.
“It’s just the latest of several controversies and gaffes which only seem to make Tomasz more popular with viewers.”
Last week we reported corker is reportedly in the BBC’s sights…
Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Odds shorten on LoD star Vicky McClure
Line of Duty star Vicky McClure is big favourite with bookies at the moment.
They have listed the Kate Fleming actress as 11/10 to join the show.
With a host of names in the mix, Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure is priced at 11/10, while her co-star Martin Compston is priced at 9/2.
Meanwhile, Martin Compston has odds of 9/2, while Adrian Dunbar currently sits at 5/2.
Betway’s Chad Yeomans said: “With nearly six months until Strictly Come Dancing dazzles its way back onto our screens, rumours are already beginning to swirl about who will be foxtrotting onto the ballroom floor.
“With a host of names in the mix, Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure is priced at 11/10, while her co-star Martin Compston is priced at 9/2.”
According to The Sun, Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds is being eyed by BBC producers.
They’re said to have been plotting “for months” to get her on the show this year.
A source said: “BBC bosses plan their line-up from the start of the year and Carrie was one of the earliest names on their list.
“Strictly has become the number one show for so many political figures and Carrie is one of the biggest names – not only as Boris’s better half but as a campaigner and activist in her own right.
“The offer to take part in the next series is there if she wants to take it.”
Contracts are usually signed in the summer, so it looks as if it’s a case of watch this space!
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Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr in the frame for Strictly
Former Gogglebox favourite Tom Malone Jr is also another name the BBC wants to sign.
He left the show to “explore new opportunities”, so could one of those be Strictly?
Tom has been a professional breakdancer since he was 14, and has said he’d love to do the show.
He said: “If the opportunity came up to go on Strictly as a contestant, I’ve never done Ballroom in my life, so it’d be interesting to see how as someone who breaks, I’m used to dancing upside down, how those two worlds could come together.”
From the weather to the waltz for Alex Beresford?
GMB weatherman Alex Beresford is another who could be tipping the light fantastic this autumn if rumours are to be believed.
The Beeb has apparently been keen to sign the hunk since his stint on Dancing on Ice in 2018.
And, since his Piers Morgan put-down, his star is rapidly rising.
Addressing rumours on social media, he recently said: “Do I need to brush up on my 2 step and shuffle?”
Strictly Come Dancing 2021: Who else is in the frame?
Line Of Duty star Gregory Piper has also been “shortlisted” to take part .
It’s claimed that producers see him as a “dream signing”.
Meanwhile, Chris Witty is reportedly “top of the list” for the reality series.
The BBC apparently want the Chief Medical Officer in sequins following his fame as a “pandemic hero”.
Matt Hancock was on the wish list too, but his schedule won’t allow time out for glitter, sequins and fake tan!
Paddy McGuinness’ stunning wife Christine is also tipped to take part.
Furthermore, footballer and father-of-four Rio Ferdinand is also in a mix.
Meanwhile, Death in Paradise star Ralf Little is open to taking part.
Stacey Solomon steps up for the samba?
Loose Women favourite Stacey Solomon is another favourite to dust of her dancing shoes.
She’s getting married this summer, so could her first dance act as a Strictly trial run?
Strictly Come Dancing will be returning later this year with presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman at the helm.
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