Why Shirley wants Piers Morgan on this years line-up
Head judge Shirley Ballas has revealed that she would love to see Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan join Strictly Come Dancing as a contestant. Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, the 57-year-old judge said "I would love to see Piers Morgan do a turn on this year's show.
"I've told bosses that he would be a great signing. I mean who doesn't love a good roasting of a weekend."
Shirley's comments come after Piers previously promised to do the show if Dan Walker - from BBC Breakfast - also signed up.
He said: "I would seriously consider it if it meant giving Walker a lesson in how to dance in front of nine million people."
Strictly's ban on reality stars
Strictly bosses have reportedly banned any reality stars from the likes of 'Geordie Shore', 'The Only Way is Essex' and 'Celebrity Big Brother' from joining the celebrity line-up for the upcoming series.
A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "Certain reality celebrities have been peddling these stories about being 'in talks' for the show when they have never been approached.
Bosses are now fed up of hearing the same people bandying around their own names just to shift a few copies of some weight-loss DVD. In light of this, they've put in place their own reality star ban to stop them from cashing in on the show."
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Three new professional dancers join Strictly
Following the shocking news that Brendan Cole wouldn't be returning to Strictly Come Dancing this year, we wondered who his replacement would be. That replacement has now been revealed in the form of Italian Latin Champion Graziano Di Prima.
Leaving the show alongside Brendan will be Chloe Hewitt so South African Latin Champion Johannes Radebe and Luba Mushtuk, will also appear on the BBC One show when it returns later this year.
Graziano said: "This is my dream come true! I still can’t believe I will be one of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing. I can’t wait to give all of myself on the dance floor!"
Whilst Johannes added: "Joining Strictly Come Dancing is one of the greatest achievements of my dancing career. It is such an honour to be chosen to be a part of an incredible cast and be part of one of the biggest shows that is celebrated worldwide. I cannot wait to get started and experience the magic with the UK!"
AJ Pritchard, Aljaž Škorjanec, Amy Dowden and Dianne Buswell will also return alongside Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Janette Manrara and Katya Jones. Former couple Karen and Kevin Clifton are also confirmed to be returning to the show alongside Nadiya Bychkova, Neil Jones, Oti Mabuse and Pasha Kovalev. Fan favourite Anton Du Beke completes the line up of 18 professionals.
Louise Rainbow, Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing, said: "This is the biggest line-up of pros that we’ve ever had on Strictly. We are so lucky to have such an array of talent. A huge thank you goes to Brendan from all of us for 15 amazing series of Strictly. We wish him all the very best with his future projects. We would also like to thank Chloe and wish her well."
Whilst Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, added: "There is no other show quite like Strictly Come Dancing, and the last series proved that becoming the most popular Strictly to date. Our celebrity contestants this year are going to have to work harder than ever to keep up with our biggest and best professional dancer line-up yet, in what promises to be another dazzling and unforgettable series."
Anton Du Beke wants to see more politicians dancing
The 51-year-old professional dancer would love to introduce more MPs to the annual BBC dancing show after he successfully taught Ann Widdecombe, 70, in 2010.
Speaking to The Times newspaper, he said: "Ann was wonderful, a lovely lady."
As well as Ann's appearance on the show, retired Labour politician Ed Balls unexpectedly won over the hearts of the public with dance partner Katya Jones and survived 10 weeks on the show before being sent home.
Anton praised Ed as being "great too", and insisted Michael Heseltine, 85, would have been brilliant on the hit programme a few years ago.
Anton believes Boris Johnson, the former Mayor of London, would become a "marvellous" dancer in time but says his "untidy" appearance could hinder his chance of success.
He said: "He would be marvellous, but he looks like an unmade bed, I don't think any amount of sequins and lycra is going to tidy him up."
Several politicians have appeared entertainment and reality shows in recent years, including Boris Johnson's politician father Stanley Johnson, who starred on I'm A Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here in 2017.
What's more, Ann ruffled several feathers and finished as runner-up to drag queen Courtney Act in the Celebrity Big Brother house this year.
'Allo 'Allo! star Vicki Michelle wants to do Strictly
The 67-year-old actress has been "brushing up" on her dancing skills and thinks her background would serve her well if she was able to secure a slot on the dancing competition. Speaking to the Daily Star newspaper, she said: "I've always said I'd love to do 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
"I've actually been brushing up on my dancing.
"I did also used to do a lot of ballroom dancing with my dad, so I know what I am doing.
"Watch this space."
The former ''Allo 'Allo' actress recently admitted her "first love" was dancing, but she'll always be passionate about acting, particularly stage work.
She said: "My first love was ballet, which I started at the age of three, but at 14 I turned my attention to acting.
"Before going to drama school I took my O Levels and did a secretarial course in case I needed something to fall back on if the acting didn't work out.
"But luckily I went on to have a brilliant career and at 18 I was performing opposite Dudley Moore in a West End production of Play It Again, Sam.
"After that, I didn't look back. Even after all these years I still love performing, especially on the stage.
"There is something so magical about watching an audience's reaction change as a story unfolds."
Meanwhile, Anneke Rice is also rumoured to be on Strictly 2018
Good news for fans of TV, catsuits or boundless enthusiasm - Anneke Rice is rumoured to be the first celebrity joining the ranks of 2018 Strictly Come Dancing!
The presenter - who is still looking amazing at 59 - has been approached by Strictly bosses, who were pleased with the success of Debbie McGee last year, and feel another 50+ lady would be a great asset to the competition.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Bookers are very keen to get Anneka and know she would be a huge signing. After Debbie McGee's popularity last year there is a sense the more mature lady does well and resonates with older viewers. They're in talks and hoping that she finally says yes."
You'll doubtless remember the TV phenomenon that was Challenge Anneke, which aired from the late Eighties to October 1995. It featured the energetic blonde (who had previously worked on Treasure Hunt and was famed for looking amazing in a catsuit) being given all sorts of tasks with strict time limits. She'd often have to persuade passersby or experts to help her out, often doing work for charities, such as building a play area for children.
The reality game show was then rebooted in 2006 by ITV for a one-off special. Anneka now hosts an arts show called 'The Happening' on BBC Radio 2.
Meanwhile, the line up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing is yet to be confirmed but it's believed Stormzy's girlfriend Maya Jama, Union J's Josh Cuthbert and football pundit Chris Kamara are also in talks about taking part in the new series.
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