Could Nigel Farage be the new Ed Balls?
The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing is over, and we have our latest champion. So what the heck are we going to do with our Saturday nights from now on? How are we going to put all this leftover glitter to use? And will we ever wear this sequin-laden leotard? (Honestly, it seemed like such a good idea to buy it when we were watching Ed Balls do ‘Gangnam Style’.)
Well, the bad news is that we won’t have Strictly back on our screens for months. Months. The good news is that the rumours about which celebs will be taking part have, unbelievably, already started. It might seem way too premature for any of this, but that’s not going to stop us from speculating about who could be hitting the dance floor for the 2017 series…
1. JESSICA ENNIS-HILL
Who? Olympic athlete
What’s the rumour? Jessica’s a bit of a Team GB legend, what with her gold medal and all. And given that Greg Rutherford and Claudia Fragapane were both hits on the latest series of Strictly, we wouldn’t be surprised if bosses wanted to add to their haul of sporty folk. Jessica has already announced her retirement from athletics, so she’ll be looking for something to fill her time – and long hours of training in a dance studio could fit the bill very nicely indeed.
2. DANNY-BOY HATCHARD
Who? EastEnders star
What’s the rumour? Alright, so this one might be a wee bit tenuous but stick with us. Basically, Children In Need fans started calling for Danny-Boy – aka Lee Carter – to take part in Strictly after seeing his astonishing moves in the EastEnders cast’s performance for charity. That doesn’t seem like a massively solid foundation for a rumour, but with his exit from EastEnders imminent, producers might be listening to what viewers want – and hey, Danny-Boy could get some tips from his (former) on-screen mum Kellie Bright, couldn’t he?
3. JOEL DOMMETT
What’s the rumour? We wouldn’t put too much stock in this one just yet. Joel was always going to get linked to new reality shows after his successful stint on I’m a Celebrity, which saw him finishing in the runner-up spot. He’s certainly won over the public, and now rumours have suggested Strictly bosses are after him for – and we quote – the “hunk factor”. We’re not quite sure how that nudie tape and the recent open letter from his penis would go down with Strictly‘s viewers, mind.
4. TIM PEAKE