Strictly Come Dancing bosses are hoping pop stars Keith Duffy and Natasha Hamilton will quickstep up for this year’s series.
The Boyzone and Atomic Kitten singers are on a long list of
celebrities for the BBC1 show, say sources. It comes after Virgin radio DJ Chris Evans, 52, said he had agreed to appear in the contest.
Last year’s show – won by TV journalist Stacey Dooley, 32 – had lesser known showbiz names but still proved a smash hit with viewers.
A source said: “There are a lot of names in the mix for this year’s show and Keith and Natasha are on the list. Bosses feel they could be a ratings hit.”
Keith, 44, starred in Coronation Street and has been recently touring with Boyzone, while Natasha, 36, is currently training for a new career as a beauty therapist.
Lib Dem leader Vince Cable – who appeared in the 2010 Christmas special – has also been floated but ruled himself out because he has weekly dancing lessons.
He will step down from his leadership duties in May. Vince, 75, said he was yet to be approached and added: “Love the show but I am nine years older than when I last appeared on the Xmas show, and while this is OK for ballroom it isn’t for Latin.
“I keep my weekly dancing lessons going as best I can. But that may
disqualify me as not being a complete beginner.”
Big Brother host Rylan Clarke is also up for a twirl on the dance floor, while newsreader Huw Edwards and documentary maker Louis Theroux have also been rumoured.
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