Strictly Come Dancing 2018 line-up: Who are the celebrities rumoured to be taking part

The BBC One dance series is back on TV in the autumn for series 16. House of Commons speaker John Bercow is the latest star tipped to be part of the cast this year.

Strictly Come Dancing may still be several months away from returning, but speculation about the celebrity lineup for 2018 is already starting to heat up.

Series 16 will start in the autumn and there’s the usual mixture of TV, pop, soap and sports stars tipped to be hitting the BBC One dancefloor.

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Who is taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2018? The lineup rumours

Davina McCall

Davina McCall

The former Big Brother host has been linked numerous times with Strictly, but her busy schedule often rules her out. She previously claimed that she wouldn't take part because her husband might get jealous about the professional dancers. but following the end of her marriage earlier this year, the tabloids believe Davina might be tempted to strap on some sequins.

Davina previously stated that Strictly is the one reality TV show she would take part in, so maybe 2018 is her year,

Boris Becker

Boris Becker

The tennis legend was hotly tipped for I'm a Celebrity last year, so we'll take this rumour with a pinch of salt, but the German Grand Slam star is apparently closer than ever before to signing up for Strictly.

Becker's financial problems have been documented in the press, so a big pay day from a reality TV show would be tempting for the sports icon.

He has previously appeared in the studio audience of the BBC One show - perhaps he was taking notes?

Jorgie Porter

Jorgie Porter

Jorgie Porter has issued a come-and-get-me call to Strictly's producers, revealing that it's the one reality show she has wanted to take part in.

"I've always wanted to do Strictly, from day dot," she told ITV's Lorraine. "I think I've done everything but Strictly.

"I think I'd take it so seriously maybe the public would hate me, because I'm so serious!"

Porter is currently preparing for a UK tour of the musical Fame.

Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

The singer has already triumpged on three reality shows in the past winning The X Factor, Popstar to Operastar and The Jump and he's now got his eye on the Strictly glitterball.

"I would love to try Strictly, that's the one for me. It would be a fun one," McElderry told OK! magazine. "I am a bit of a frustrated dancer.

"In my head I think I dance like Beyonce, but I don't think that's the case. In my head I think I am performing in her stadium concert then I get off stage and see videos of myself back and think 'ohh I don't know why I was doing that'."

Rosie Marcel

Rosie Marcel

Following rumours that Rosie Marcel's Holby City character Jac Naylor is about to be killed off, the actress has been linked to the new series of Strictly.

Could she follow in the footsteps of former Holby stars Chizzy Akudolu and Joe McFadden?

Speaking about her dancefloor skills, Rosie told the Daily Star: "I really can't dance to save my life, even my three-year-old tells me not to dance. So that's how bad I am, but I'm not adverse to anything.

"So as long as I'm paired up with Anton Du Beke or someone like that I think we'd have quite a lot of fun."

Jennifer Metcalfe

Jennifer Metcalfe

The Hollyoaks has thrown her hat in the ring for Strictly, revealing that she would "love" to take part in the show.

Metcalfe, who will return to Hollyoaks as Mercedes McQueen this summer, said that she wouldn't even have to think about signing up.

The soap star previously took part in Dancing on Ice in 2011 and became a mum to baby boy Daye in 2017.

Courtney Act

Courtney Act

The Celebrity Big Brother and RuPaul's Drag Race star is another celebrity hoping that the BBC come calling.

Courtney, real name Shane Jenek, said that she would want to dance with a male partner on the show.

"I hope the BBC would be open to it," she told the Daily Star. "They love a stunt casting. Surely it's time for the BBC to do it."

 

"I would want to be Courtney and dance with a male partner. And then half way through the series I'd come out as Shane and there would finally be same-sex dancing on the show.

"I've seen same-sex ballroom dancing and it's just as fabulous."

John Bercow

John Bercow

The Speaker of the House of Commons is now just 6/4 to take part in Strictly this year, following the lead of Ed Balls in switching politics for the ballroom.

Bercow is currently under pressure and police are assessing an allegation of “misconduct in a public office”, which means many commentators believe he will step down in the autumn.

His wife Sally famously took part in Celebrity Big Brother, so it wouldn't be a huge shock to see him strap on some sequins for Strictly or head into the jungle.

Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern

The BBC Breakfast star was recently in the headlines for claiming that the BBC has a regional bias, so the broadcaster may be keen to keeo the popular presenter on side with a Strictly slot.

Steph is a fan of the series, but we don't know whether she has any dance credentials.

Lucy Verasamy

Lucy Verasamy

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on the Good Morning Britain weather presenter beings this year's ITV breakfast team representative to just 3/1.

The popular member of the GMB team will be hoping to match the success of Susanna Reid rather than flops Charlotte Hawkins and Kate Garraway.

Kym Marsh

Kym Marsh

The Coronation Street actress has just signed a new five-year deal with the soap, so it's not clear how Kym would find the time for a stint on the dancefloor - however, the tabloids believe that Kym might have signed up for the new series.

Marsh has reality TV pedigree, finding fame on Popstars and taking part in Popstar to Operastar.

Brendan Sheerin

Brendan Sheerin

The star of Channel 4's daytime favourite Coach Trip sparked rumours that he might sign up for the new series with a tweet earlier this year, hinting that he was interested in taking part.

Loveable Brendan would the perfect fit for this year's 'comedy contestant'.

 

Lizzy Yarnold

Lizzy Yarnold

The two-time Winter Olympic gold-medal winner has had a special 2018 and according to the Daily Mail, she might be rounding off the year with some glitterball action.

The paper claims that the record-breaking British Olympian has had meetings with the show's producers and is secretly a keen dancer.

Catherine Tyldesley

Catherin Tyldesley

It was a shock when Catherine announced that she was leaving the cobbles last year and she will depart the ITV soap on screen at the start of the summer.

Tyldesley won't be short of work offers when she leaves Corrie, but if she's ever fancied turning her hand to dance, we're sure the BBC producers would jump at the chance to sign her up.

Coleen Rooney

Coleen Rooney

Coleen has been linked to Strictly and I'm a Celeb for numerous years, but 2018 might finally be the year that she makes the move into reality TV.

As Wayne's career moves into its final years, Coleen might fancy showing off her dancefloor skills and taking the limelight,

Mel B

Mel B

The BBC are reportedly trying to sign up a Spice Girl for this year's series and with Posh unlikely, Ginger ruling it out and Baby having already done it, that just leaves Sporty and Scary.

The tabloids are currently predicting Mel B to in the final lineup as she has a book out in the autumn. She would be a controversial selection as she previously took part in the American Strictly, finishing as the runner-up on Dancing With The Stars,

Maya Jama

Maya Jama

The TV and Radio presenter has been in the headlines following the confirmation of her relationship with Brit Award winner Stormzy.

She's apparently being lined up for the 2018 series of Strictly, which would be a massive boost for the young star's career.

You may have seen her previously on MTV, the MOBO Awards, Loose Women or ITV's Cannonball. She has also joined the Radio 1 presenter team this year.

Joey Essex

Joey Essex

Mark Wright was the first TOWiE star to sign up for Strictly and Joey Essex is rumoured to be following in his footsteps.

No stranger to a fake tan, we suspect Joey would enjoy the glitter and sequins, but we're not sure whether he had any dancing skills.

Kate Bottley

Kate Bottley

After the success of Rev Richard Coles last year, the priest could be the next religious leader to show off their Saturday night dancefloor skills.

Best known for her appearances on Gogglebox and as a presenter on Radio 2, Bottley has hinted that she would sign up for the show if the BBC came in with an offer,

 

Rachel Shenton

Rachel Shenton

Strictly has had Olympians, politicians and pop legends, but it has never had an Oscar winner. The former Hollyoaks actress who bagged an Academy Award at the start of the year is apparently on the producers wishlist for 2018.

Anneka Rice

Anneka Rice in 2017.

Radio 2 presenter and former TV show host Anneka Rice is the latest star rumoured to be joining the Strictly 2018 cast - with some tabloids saying that she has already 'signed up' for the series.

Rice, 59, best known for her time fronting 1980s shows Treasure Hunt and Challenge Anneka, is said to have met BBC executives to discuss her involvement in Strictly, in the hope that she will match the appeal of Debbie McGee in last year's series.

Sources told The Sun: “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.”

Dan Walker

Dan Walker

The BBC Breakfast team have a long tradition of having a contestant on the show and it looks like it be might be Dan’s year to take part.

Other possible members of team who could sign up include Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt.

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Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan

The Good Morning Britain presenter has hinted that he’s in talks for the new series and has even challenged his breakfast TV rival Dan Walker to battle him on the dancefloor.

Lord Sugar has also offered £25,000 to charity if Piers ends up strapping on his sequiens.

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain

The Great British Bake Off winner is apparently one of the first celebrities to sign up for the new series. The popular baker and TV presenter was spotted at the live shows in 2017 and is a big fan of the series.

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Les Dennis

Les Dennis

The former Coronation Street actor and Family Fortunes presenter has been approached to take part in the past, but claims that his contract with Corrie meant he was barred from taking part.

The actor said that is now up for the challenge of taking part and had thrown his hat in the ring.

Cheryl Tweedy

Cheryl and Liam

The Girls Aloud and X Factor star would be a massive coup for the series, but the fact that she’s taking part in a new BBC Saturday nigh series called The Greatest Dancer probably rules her out.

Cheryl, Glee star Matthew Morrison and Strictly’s Oti Mabuse were the coaching panel for the pilot, which was filmed earlier this year,

Josh Cuthbert

Josh Cuthbert

The X Factor boyband star has been linked to the series by The Sun, who claim that he is being targeted by producers to bring in younger female viewers.

The popstar and model found fame on X Factor and is getting married this summer to model Chloe Lloyd.

David James

David James

The former England and Liverpool goalkeeper is rumoured to be taking part in the series. Reports claim that producers want a footballer because it’s a World Cup year and James, who does punditry for the BBC, is the top target.

James played 53 times for England and his club career included stints at Aston Villa, Manchester City and Portsmouth.

He currently coaches Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League, which may prevent him taking part in the show.

Gemma Collins

Gemma Collins

The TOWIE star has stated her intentions to take part in the hit entertainment show, but it’s not clear if the feelings are mutual.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood previously downplayed suggestions that she could take part, describing her as a bit downmarket for the BBC One series.

Michelle Keegan

Michelle Keegan

The former Coronation Street star has been at the top of the Strictly producers wishlist for nearly a decade.

She was chased to take part when she was in Coronation Street and they even signed up her husband Mark Wright in 2014.

She is filming a fourth series of army drama Our Girl this year, but that won’t stop the speculation that this might finally be the year she takes part.

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the previous winners?

2004 - Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole
2004 - Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett
2005 - Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova
2006  - Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy
2007 - Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler
2008 - Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup
2009 - Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan
2010 - Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev
2011 - Harry Judd and Aliona Vilani
2012 - Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace
2013  Abbey Clancy and Aljaž Škorjanec
2014 - Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev
2015 - Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani
2016 - Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton
2017 - Joe McFadden and Katya Jones

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the presenters?

Tess Daly will be back for her 16th series and will be joined by Claudia Winkleman for her fifth series on the main show.

Zoe Ball is also expected to return to BBC Two spin-off series It Two Two, every weeknight in the autumn.

Strictly Come Dancing: Who are the professional dancers?

The full line-up of professional dancers has not been confirmed yet.

However, Brendan Cole has revealed that he will not be returning after being axed by the BBC. If Anton Du Beke returns, he will be the only remaining pro dancer from the first series.

Strictly Come Dancing: When is it back?

The 16th series will start in September on BBC One.

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