Jessica Ennis-Hill tipped to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2017?

If rumours are to be believed, next year’s series is already off to a strong start.

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Last updated: 3 November 2016 - 2.50pm

The current series of Strictly Come Dancing is only mid-way through, but according to reports, Jessica Ennis-Hill is already being eyed up by BBC bosses for next year’s show.

The Olympic champion has been tipped to appear on the dance floor in 2017, according to The Sun.

If the gold medal winning heptathlete does take up the challenge, she’ll be following in the footsteps of other sports stars, such as long-jumper Greg Rutherford and gymnast Claudia Fragapane – who are both on the current series.

Jessica Ennis-Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill (Paul Harding/PA Wire/PA Images)


Previous athletes who have taken part also include Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, who was crowned Strictly champion in 2012, and Olympic stars Roger Black, Denise Lewis and Mark Foster.

According to the newspaper, a show source said that Jessica – who recently retired from athletics after taking part in the Rio Olympics – has been invited to visit the show’s location, Elstree, to see the dancers and meet its current celebrity competitors.

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The insider said: “She’s made no secret of being a fan of the show, so they were on to her quickly when she hung up her trainers last month. It’s a tried and tested method to invite people down to see what it’s like and get them to sign up.

Jessica Ennis-Hill and husband Andy Hill
Jessica Ennis-Hill and husband Andy Hill (Brian Lawless/PA Archive/PA Images)


“They really want to land Jess because she’s got a high profile and the show’s had a lot of success with Olympic athletes.”

A BBC spokesperson has since said: “We do not comment on speculation regarding future contestants.”

Meanwhile, stars of the popular dancing show are set to mix things up as they will dance with Team GB Olympic medallists for a BBC Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing 2016 special.

Helen Glover MBE, Hollie Webb, Joe Clarke and Lutalo Muhammad will swap sports gear for glamorous ensembles as they show off their best moves with Strictly professionals Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton, Pasha Kovalev and Neil Jones.