It appears as if the London 2012 Olympic Games fever has reached our most favourite dancing show, as rumours abound that several Olympians could be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year. Sporting names that could possibly be doing the ballroom circuit are Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington and gymnast Beth Tweddle, who have both said they would be interested in appearing on the show, and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, who recently disclosed that she would love to show off her girlie side on the BBC One programme. She commented, “The idea of being very glamorous, it definitely appeals to me. After wearing Lycra suits and tracksuits for so long and not a lot of make-up I think, yeah, that would be good fun.” It is also rumoured that Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave could be appearing, alongside cricketer Michael Vaughan.
On the showbiz side of proceedings, it is hotly anticipated that Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh could be joining the star studded line up for this year. Adding a little glamour to the sequins and sparkle would be ex supermodel Jerry Hall, TV presenters Sian Williams and Fern Britton, who are also thought to have signed up. Other possible contestants are ex-EastEnders star Sid Owen who played Ricky, and Johnny Ball, who if he was to appear would be following in his daughters very successful appearance back in 2005, where she came third with partner Ian Waite. If Johnny was to compete in the popular show, he would undoubtably be the oldest contestant the programme has ever had at 74 years. Johnny is two years older than magician Paul Daniels, who took part when he was 72, in the 2010 show. Zoe Ball now hosts the Strictly weekly spin off show ‘It Takes Two’, which she inherited after Claudia Winkleman left.
There is a change of judges as well, as Alesha Dixon retired from the judging panel after last years show, to go on to judge in Simon Cowell’s hugely successful ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. Her replacement is the esteemed former ballerina – Darcy Bussell, who appeared as a guest judge on the show last year. We still have our old favourites however, in the form of head judge Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood. The show is said to be given a sexy revamp with the addition of the US ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional dancer – Lacey Schwimmer, now set to be the new choreographer. So you can expect some risque performances and saucy routines!
Following last year’s format, there will be a Strictly Come Dancing launch show which will be shown live on September 15, presented as always by Tess Daly and Sir Bruce Forsyth. The actual shows then start on October 5. So make a note in your diary and Keep Dancing!