Thursday 22 March 2018

Laura Whitmore rumoured for line-up of celebrity contestants on Strictly Come Dancing

Laura Whitmore arrives for the UK premiere of
Laura Whitmore arrives for the UK premiere of "Star Trek Beyond" at Empire Leicester Square on July 12, 2016 in London, UK. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Sophie Jamieson

TV presenter Laura Whitmore is reportedly set to join the line-up of celebrity contestants on Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The 31-year-old presenter who quite I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here Now in April is now said to have landed herself a competitor's slot on BBC talent show Strictly, which begins in September.

The Wicklow native is close friends with Caroline Flack, who was crowned the winner of Strictly alongside partner Pasha Kovalev in 2014.

Flack's success on the programme led to her being enlisted as host of The X Factor.

If Laura has signed up to Strictly, her star might be set to rise even further.

Singer Will Young is also rumoured to be in the line-up for the new series.

Meanwhile, if other rumours are true, Ed Balls will become the first male politician to compete in the main series of the hit Saturday night programme,although Liberal Democrat Sir Vince Cable once appeared in a Christmas special.

Other politicians to have graced the floor in the past include Ann Widdecombe and Edwina Currie.

The former Labour shadow chancellor was first linked with the show last year when he lost his seat as an MP at the general election, but at the time his wife Yvette Cooper ruled out the move.

She joked at a press lunch that it would conflict with "filming in the jungle" - although he never did appear on I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here either.

Mr Balls' name was trending on Twitter on Monday night as fans of the show reacted to the news.

His appearance on the show would coincide with the release of his memoirs, called Speaking Out - Lessons in Life and Politics, this September.

Publishers Penguin say the book will be "a record of a life in politics, but also much more".

The former politician is known to be an enthusiastic dancer, after showing off his moves at past Labour Party conferences.

He is also not averse to trying his hand at new things, having learnt to play the piano as an adult. He took lessons after he became shadow chancellor at the beginning of 2011.

The BBC has not commented on the rumours.

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