Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up – first confirmed and rumoured stars
The search for the cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 has already begun.
Stacey Dooley is the most recent celeb to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy after winning the 2018 series alongside her professional partner Kevin Clifton.
The win meant just as much to him, with the dancer finally claiming victory on his fifth time in the BBC One show's live final.
But now that the series is over and done with, the search for the cast of 2019 is underway.
So who have bosses got their eye on?
Here's the latest stars rumoured to be signing up for the show…
Fresh from his success on Line Of Duty, hunky actor Adrian Dunbar has been tipped by bookies for Strictly success.
The 60-year-old star, who appears as Ted Hastings in the hit BBC drama, is now 4-1 to be on the 2019 line-up.
"Line Of Duty's latest series has had everybody glued to their screens and despite the finale coming this weekend, Ted could well be gracing them a little more this year," said a spokesman for Coral.
"We make Adrian 4-1 to take to the Strictly dancefloor, where he would be an exceptionally popular contestant."
Dr Lucy Worsley has ruled out a stint on Strictly – because of her husband Mark Hines's fears about the so-called Curse.
"I love Strictly Come Dancing , but my husband made me sign a 'pre-nup' to say I would never take part," the 45-year-old TV historian admitted.
"Partly because they always run off with their professional dance partner and partly because he thought it would be really bad for me – I love sequins and showing off a bit too much already. He hasn't specified anything about Dancing On Ice, however."
Essex based social media sensation, whose real name is Sophie Hinchliffe, has apparently caught the attention of BBC bosses after they noticed her huge online following – known as the 'Hinch Army'.
According to heat magazine, BBC bosses believe the 29-year-old Instagram influencer, who blew up after a stint on This Morning, could be a "perfect fit" for the dazzling ballroom show.
"The country is obsessed with Mrs Hinch… she has a great personality and is super-glamorous, too, so [she] would be perfect in all the glitzy costumes," a TV source told the publication.
Their bid to back Sophie comes after YouTuber Joe Sugg was flooded with support in 2018, when he appeared on the show alongside his now-girlfriend Dianne Buswell.
"[The producers] are keen to keep the show current, and loved the influx of extra fans they got with vlogger Joe," the insider added.
Harry Redknapp is being hotly tipped by bookies to join Strictly after his I'm A Celebrity success.
The former football manager stormed to victory on the ITV critter-filled show after the nation fell for his fond stories of wife Sandra and love of Jam Roly Polys.
Now, he looks like he could be swapping the jungle for sequins and fake tan.
However, his son Jamie may not be too pleased about it, as he encouraged him to decline the show last year.
"I told Jamie I was thinking of doing Strictly and I don't think he was pleased about it," he once said.
"And so I was offered the Jungle at the same time and chose to do that."
Sources at the dancing show revealed exclusively to the Mirror that singer Keith is on a long list of celebrities they are desperate to sign for this year's series.
Keith, 44, who once starred in Coronation Street has recently been touring with his Boyzone bandmates.
He has hinted in the past that he would be keen to strut his stuff on the Strictly dancefloor, saying he'd much rather appear on the BBC 1 version than Ireland's Dancing With The Stars.
He said: "To be honest, we have some great fans here in Ireland who I love dearly. To do a show like that, you want to get maximum exposure, that's why you do it.
"If you do a show in the UK, it's shown in Ireland as well so you get the Irish audience and the UK audience. If I had the choice I would do the one in the UK because it goes out in the UK and in Ireland. It keeps all the territories happy."
It seems BBC bosses could be seeking out more 90s nostalgia as Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton is also rumoured to in talks for the show.
It's said producers feel that adding Natasha, 36, to the line-up could be a 'ratings hit'.
The mum is currently training for a new career as a beauty therapist so a spot on the show could be a perfect opportunity for her to return to the limelight.
Natasha is no stranger to reality TV having starred in Celebrity Big Brother and Just the Two of Us.
While her on stage performance could also give her hand up in the competition. Natasha previously starred as Ms Johnstone in the West End production of Blood Brothers and appeared as the title character in Cinderella in Southport theatre.
Blue Peter presenter Radzi Chinyanganya is said to be in 'advance talks' with Strictly bosses to appear in the latest series.
The rumours come after Chinyanganya plans to quit the long-running childrens' TV show were confirmed, meaning he's got a lot of free time on his hands and is possibly looking for a career change.
Chinyananya also has a lot of young fans which could open up Strictly to a whole new audience.
Chris Evans has confirmed that he will be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – becoming the first name to throw his hat in the ring.
This comes just after Alan Carr was revealed to be in talks with the BBC dancing programme's bosses.
Appearing on The One Show in December 2018, the 52-year-old BBC Radio 2 host opened up to presenter Alex Jones.
Alex began by saying: "If rumours are to be believed you won't have time to do panto next year. Can you confirm or deny that you'll be on Strictly?"
"Well, I have said yes," he confirmed.
BBC News anchor Huw Edwards admitted he was in talks with Strictly bosses in January, following his cameo on the show to read out the voting rules.
"Following my stellar appearance reading out the terms and conditions in early December, where I basically set the British television world alight, I was asked if I'd consider Strictly," he joked to Radio 2's Steve Wright.
"And I think the answer is, Steve, I've come here today for some advice. Despite all appearances, I am quite shy.
"That's what scares me. I think I've just got to ponder it… just gauge public opinion."
Documentary maker Louis Theroux got his fans very excited when he suggested he could be getting his dancing shoes on in 2019.
The star, famous for taking on controversial topics for his films, joked that he was the next winner of the show as he congratulated Stacey Dooley on her victory.
Taking to Twitter, he said: "Congrats, @ StaceyDooley ! Me next! (JK)."
The official Strictly account was quick to respond, sending back a phone emoji.
Louis' fans got incredibly excited by the idea.
"PETITION FOR THIS TO BE A THING," one said.
While another told him: "I'd pay all my money in votes for you to be on strictly. No ifs, no buts."
"Please be the sort of joke where you’re joking but you kinda not at the same time," another said.
And one follower asked him: "Pls do strictly while simultaneously making a documentary series about doing strictly"
Comedian Alan Carr confirmed he was in talks to take part in the show during an appearance on Loose Women.
But he admitted there's something about the contest that he really hates.
He told the panel: "Oh my, listen. Listen! I will do it but next year I’ve got a busy year, I’m going on tour!
"They cornered me and they said, 'Would you do it?' and I would do it but I hate those VTs where you know, 'We're doing Salsa so we're off to a dips factory', you know what I mean?
"They go to Chester Zoo or a museum, but I'm like, I need to be in the studio now doing the Argentine Tango. Step away from the rhino – I want to stick a rose in my mouth and do the thing!"
The stand-out Killing Eve star is rumoured to be taking a break from murdering people in any number of gruesome ways to get her spray-tan on.
Jodie plays psychopathic killer Villanelle opposite Sandra Oh’s Eve Polastri in the acclaimed BBC America thriller, which will return for a second series spring 2019.
But BBC bosses are said to be desperate to get her signed up to Strictly, believing she'll be a big pull with the voting audience.
Sadly, Jodie reckons she's not up to the standard required.
"They were like, 'Maybe next year, Jodie?' I was like, 'Mmm, no, I don’t think so!'," she joked.
"I'd embarrass myself, definitely!"
However, she was spotted in the audience of the Strictly final in December 2018, watching on as close friend Stacey lifted the Glitterball.
"I went with my mum and my nan because my nan is a Strictly superfan," she said.
"It was a once in a lifetime for her so it was really fun."
He enjoyed a successful stint on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year, coming third in the Channel 5 series.
And now former TOWIE star Dan Osborne is keen to expand his horizons, gently putting it out there that he's keen to take part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019.
Asked by a fan if he'd sign up for Dancing On Ice – or any other reality show – he replied, "We will see what happens next year but I don't know about Dancing on Ice.
"I can't even dance on the floor, let alone the ice."
However, if the Beeb comes a'knocking…
"I'd like to do Strictly Come Dancing because I'd like to learn how to dance and do it, but not on ice," he admitted.
Bez – aka the maraca-shaking Mark Berry off the Happy Mondays – has begged Beeb bosses for a spot on the line-up.
The Mirror revealed how Bez is desperate for a chance to shine on the dancefloor – despite being disqualified from Celebrity Bargain Hunt last year for cheating.
"Yes, the ending of Bargain Hunt had to be re-shot but everyone took it in good humour. And Bez paid back his ill-gotten £8 winnings, so he is still in good favour," a source told us.
"The Bargain Hunt cheating scandal was talked about everywhere, even Gogglebox. If anything, it made the show. Everyone knows Bez would be a ratings hit on Strictly."
*Strictly Come Dancing returns in autumn 2019 to BBC One.
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