Find out who could be a Strictly Come Dancing 2018 contestant this autumn on BBC1
The Strictly Come DancingÂ line-up rumours are already in full swing, with plenty of actors, presenters and TV stars in the mix for 2018.
But who will be pulling on the sequins and polishing up their salsa? Although no names have yet been confirmed, what we do know is that there has been a change in Strictlyâs backstage line-up this year.
Since 2013 Vinnie Shergill had been the talent executive for the show, signing up all of the Strictly celebrities. However, this year the job of curating Strictlyâs line-up now falls toÂ Stefania Aleksander, who has previously worked as a booker securing celebs for Iâm a Celebrity, The Jump, Five Star Hotel and The Real Marigold Hotel, amongst other shows.
So who will be on that final confirmed list come the autumn? Ahead of series 16, we round up all of the whispers and gossipâŠ
The Radio DJ, who currently hosts Capital FMâs breakfast show with Roman Kemp, was also the backstage presenter on The Voice Kids earlier this year.
The 28-year-oldâs previous presenting credits also include Carnage on Sky1 alongside Lethal Bizzle and Freddie Flintoff, hosting news bulletins on MTV and being an entertainment reporter for ITN.
When we asked the former Great British Bake Off contestant and presenter of Bake Off: the Professionals whether he would like to do Strictly Come Dancing, he said: âThat would be so sick.
âMy mum and my nan love that show, that would be hilarious,â he added. Come on BBC â Make. This. Happen.
If the Britainâs Got Talent judge has a gap in her schedule this autumn, judge Craig Revel Horwood would like to see her on the Strictly dance floor. Although it looks like Amanda has other ideas.
When Craig asked if Amanda would consider it, she said, âItâs too much hard work and Iâd never see my children.â So, erm, weâll take that as a no thenâŠ
Speaking to Ben Shepherd, he was asked if heâd got the Strictly bug from taking part in the Sport Relief episode. âI think I have,â Chris said. âSky have given me time off and Iâm going to do the show.â When Ben clarified: âWhat, youâre actually going to be on Strictly?â Chris responded: âYes, I think I am.â
Although we should caveat this by saying Chris made these comments on April 1st â aka April Foolsâ DayâŠ
Iconic 80s TV star Anneka Rice is reportedly being lined up to take part in Strictly Come Dancing this year, according to The Sun.
Allegedly, Anneka was allegedly âin talksâ with Strictly producers a few months ago. But will she be on the line-up when itâs confirmed this autumn?
We recently asked Casualty star Chelsea Halfpenny whether there was any truth to the rumours that she was going to be on Strictly Come Dancing this year.
âI know, I read that!â Chelsea said of the reports. âI mean, I always say ânever say neverâ but I just have to mention that I am not as light on my feet as my auntie â I donât think I would have the success that she had!â
Chelseaâs aunt is Jill Halfpenny â the soap and drama star who went on to win Strictlyâs second series back in 2004. âShe is definitely the dancer in the family,â adds Chelsea.
The 23-year-old television and radio presenter is exactly the sort of rising star Strictly Come Dancing would love to sign up. Her long-term boyfriend is none other than Stormzy (how amazing would it be to see him in the Strictly audience? Itâd be even better than that time he popped up on Love Island) and Maya is already part of the BBC family. She hosts on Radio 1, as well as presenting ITVâs Cannonball.
Like Daisy Lowe and Mollie King before her, Maya would bring some much-needed cool credentials to the line-up.
Former Love Island star Montana Brown has thrown her hat into the Strictly ring. Asked in a Superdrug magazine interview about starring in more reality shows, she said: âThe only other one Iâd do is Strictly, as Iâm a terrible dancer and Iâd love to learn properly.â
After the odds for House of Commons Speaker John Bercow having to step down from his position were slashed, so were his odds of taking part in this yearâs Strictly Come Dancing.
Bookies are currently offering 16/1 for John to be part of the line-up for series 16 of the BBC1 entertainment show. His wife Sally Bercow has already taken part in reality TV after being on Celebrity Big Brother back in 2011.
Double Winter Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold is reportedly being lined up to take part on the show this year.
According to the Daily Mail, a source said: âShe has always admired the show but has never had a chance to consider it because of training. She has just made history in becoming the first Briton to win back-to-back Winter Olympic golds. She likes making history and being the first Winter Olympian on Strictly would be another great accolade.
âShe has met the showâs bosses and looks to be lined up. She is a secret boogier and would love to learn to dance.â
Watch this space!
Strictly Come Dancing certainly have a penchant for BBC Breakfast presenters. Susanna Reid, Carol Kirkwood, Naga Munchetty and Bill Turnbull have all taken part in the show over the years, and business reporter Steph McGovernâs stock is certainly rising as she nowÂ also hostsÂ Watchdog and Shop Well for Less.
During the last series of Strictly, Steph was also spotted in the live audience of the show so sheâs clearly a fan.
Wayneâs wife Coleen has already been heavily rumoured by the tabloid press this year. It was reported in April that she wasÂ initially in the mix for last yearâs show, but was replaced by Holby City actress Chizzy Akudolu after finding out she was pregnant with her fourth son. A source told The Mirror: âThis would be one of Strictlyâs biggest Âsignings ever. And it would be a ratings Âsensation.â
She previously said: âIâd do it like a shot. Itâs all incredibly secret. The first time, I met a producer who quizzed me about my dance prowess, which is zero. I failed Grade One ballet, which I donât think anyone else ever has. The second time my agent was simply told I was shortlisted. So excited each time. But thenâŠ no. Devastating.â
In a more recent chat with Radio Times, we asked Alice if she had heard anything this year and whether it was going to be third time lucky. âOh my God, I donât know,â she said. âI havenât heard anything. Iâll keep my fingers crossed!â
Could The Hamster be swapping four wheels for a Foxtrot? The former Top Gear presenter and current Grand Tour host would certainly be a coup signing for the Beeb, and Richard was even spotted in the Strictly audience during last yearâs show. If Clarkson can host Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Hammond can definitely do lycra.
Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill is no stranger to being asked to do Strictly Come Dancing. Back in 2016, the decorated Olympic champion said she had previously âbeen asked to do it a few timesâ.
âI love watching it, I really love the programme, but Iâm not sure,â she said. âI would be terrible. Iâm not ready for Strictly. Iâll stick to my cycle and a bit of running here and there, I think.â
Saying sheâs ânot readyâ sounds to us like more of a case of when not ifâŠ
Former X Factor contestant Diana Vickers certainly fits the mould of being a Strictly Come Dancing contestant. With Alexandra Burke and Aston Merrygold both taking part in series 15 of Strictly last year, the show bosses clearly arenât averse to X Factor alumni.
But the key reason why we could be seeing Diana on the dance floor? Prior to signing up to Strictly, Alexandra had worked with Craig Revel Horwood in the stage version of Sister Act.
And who was the choreographer on Dianaâs recent theatre production of Son of a Preacher Man? Why, Craig Revel Horwood of course!
Speaking about bowing out of the show after seven years, she said, âIt feels like Iâve got fire in my belly and Iâm ready to see what the world has to offer.â
Both Georgia May Foote andÂ Natalie Gumede took part in Strictly shortly after leaving the show. Will Catherine be the next to follow in their sparkly footsteps?
This isnât the most enthusiastic response to the question weâve ever heard, but when Les Dennis was quizzed on Sunday Brunch about whether heâd be up for doing Strictly, he replied, âWhen I was doing Coronation Street I was approached but we werenât allowed to do it, we had a policy. I wouldnât mind doing it, I always like a challenge.â
Much like hooking in a BBC Breakfast presenter nearly every year, itâs become something of a rite of passage to have one of the cast of EastEnders crossing the road from the soapâs Elstree studio to Strictly.
Speaking to RadioTimes.com while he was doing Strictly last year, Davood Ghadmi, who plays Bonnie Langfordâs on-screen son, said of her potentially doing the show: âI think itâd be wonderful â sheâd be brilliant. Sheâs not got experience of ballroom so much, but she loves dance and sheâs so capable and sheâs taught me a few stretches.
âBut sheâs just a great personality as well and I think the public would love her. She knows her onions when it comes to the dances as well and she knows how to perform. Sheâs a great entertainer.â
After the incredible success of 59-year-old Debbie McGee on the show last year, could 53-year-old Bonnie be about to do the same?
The Coach Trip star seemed to drop a big hint back in March when he addressed @BBCStrictly directly on Twitter saying he was âGlitterball readyâ.