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Chris Evans confirms he said ‘yes’ to Strictly appearance next year

Evans is preparing to launch his new breakfast show.

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Chris Evans has confirmed he said ‘yes’ to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing next year (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Chris Evans has confirmed he said ‘yes’ to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing next year (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Chris Evans has confirmed he said ‘yes’ to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing next year (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Chris Evans has confirmed he said “yes” to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing next year.

The broadcaster – whose new breakfast show on Virgin Radio will launch in January 2019 – revealed he has spoken to show bosses, although he has not yet signed up officially.

During an appearance on The One Show on Wednesday, host Alex Jones said: “If rumours are to be believed, Chris Evans, you probably won’t have time to do panto next year.

“Can you deny or confirm that you will be on Strictly?”

Evans replied: “Well, I have said yes, I have said yes.” He then joked he only wants to take part in the show so his wife, Natasha Shishmanian, can get tickets.

He added: “So you and my wife can go and have a great time and I will be terrified backstage.”

Evans, who will host his final show for Radio 2 on December 24, said he met the commissioning editor of Strictly for a cup of tea and was warned, “it’s not as easy as maybe you imagine it will be”.

He added: “I think what’s funny about it, everyone puts it off and tries and keep it a secret. No, announce now, we’re doing it now.”

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Chris Evans confirmed he has said yes to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Chris Evans confirmed he has said yes to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Chris Evans confirmed he has said yes to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Evans, 52, announced in September that he was quitting BBC Radio 2 and returning to Virgin, almost 20 years after he left.

During his One Show appearance, he revealed his new programme will start on January 21.

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It has also been announced that the show will be completely free of ad breaks, in partnership with Sky.


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