Strictly: Oti Mabuse says she likes Bill Bailey to look 'the best'
Strictly Come Dancing may have just crowned its champion in Bill Bailey, 55, but the next season of the BBC dance show is just months away from commencing. For this reason, the rumour mill is already going into overdrive as to who could be taking part in the not-so-distant future. However, Alan, 71, is ruling himself out of the running after reports in the past had suggested he could be signing up to showcase his hidden dance talents.
According to the presenter himself, he has been asked more than five times to take part in the past but has turned it down every time.
Having built a huge fan base over the years, it seems the avid gardener could do very well when it comes to viewers’ votes.
Unfortunately, Alan has now dealt a hard blow to his followers as he’s said: “I’ve been asked to go on both Strictly and I’m a Celebrity [Get Me Out of Here!] and you won’t see me on either.
“I’m very flattered to have been asked, but all things considered, I’d rather sit down and watch Doc Martin.
“Which my children call ‘old fogey television’. I’m happy to be an old fogey,” the father-of-two explained to Radio Times.
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The avid gardener has previously spoken to Express.co.uk about his decision not to star as a contestant, citing his wife Alison Titchmarsh as to why he refuses to take part.
Alan said: “My wife was a dance teacher and she said my knees wouldn’t take the lifts. So, I’ve been advised by my other half that it would not be a good idea.
“I don’t think my children are very keen either,” the father-of-two jibed, so it seems he is very determined not to showcase any hidden talents.
However, there are plenty of other famous faces who could be vying for the Glitterball Trophy later this year.
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Amongst some of the rumoured contestants include former Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon, 25, and Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard, 45.
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama, 26, could also take part and follow in the footsteps of her colleague Clara Amfo, 36.
The presenter has previously said to RadioTimes.com: “I don’t know, I always say I don’t know. I’d never say never to all of these things.”
Another celebrity show seems to be keen to follow in reigning champion’s Bill’s shadow is Gavin and Stacey star Rob Brydon, 55.
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It was Bill’s professional dancing partner Oti Mabuse, 30, who made the revelation the actor who plays Uncle Bryn on the sitcom wants to showcase his dancing talents.
The reigning champion said: “I had a conversation with Rob Brydon, the comedian, and he said he’s always watched Strictly.
“He’s a big, big Strictly fan, and he [said] he always sees the older gentleman kind of being the comedic act.
“But for the first time he watched Bill, he thought ‘Oh my goodness, if I did Strictly, there is a possibility, that I can go far’.”
Oti continued as she spoke with Express.co.uk and other press: “And because he’s a respected man and a respectable character in English society, [he said] if he ever came onto Strictly that would be what he would want to do, be taken seriously, and really give it his all and hopefully make the cut.”
It will be some months yet before the cast list for this year’s season is confirmed and whether the programme will return to its original schedule.
Last year, the run was shortened due to coronavirus restrictions and this meant not as many celebrities took part.
Bosses will be hoping to get back to normal by September, when it is thought every adult in the UK will have received a vaccination to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.
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