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Could THIS star be Strictly Come Dancing 2018's first contestant?

Lizzy DeningStrictly
Could THIS star be Strictly Come Dancing 2018's first contestant?
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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."

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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.

Do you think Anneka would be a good addition?