Michelle Keegan ‘rules out taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2020’
Actress Michelle Keegan has reportedly ruled out taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year.
The former Coronation Street star recently announced that she was stepping down from her role on BBC One’s Our Girl.
Michelle has led the cast of the BBC series since 2016 but this year’s fourth outing was her last.
As for what’s next, Michelle had been tipped for the Strictly ballroom in the autumn.
But a source told The Sun newspaper that Michelle is not keen “right now”.
They said: “Michelle loves Strictly and enjoyed supporting Mark when he competed in 2014 but the show is just not on her radar right now.
“There are so many more pressing things in the pipeline that she’s more passionate about, like big dramas.
“She’ll always be Strictly’s number one fan, but as for competing, it’s just not going to happen. Michelle wants to be known as an actor.”
It was previously claimed that BBC bosses would “break the bank” to sign Michelle.
An insider told the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper in 2018: “Everyone knows that having Michelle Keegan out on the Strictly dance floor would be ratings gold.
“Everyone behind the scenes thinks she would set the dance floor alight. It’s now a matter of convincing her to sign up.”
Speaking about the show in the past, Michelle herself confessed she was unsure about wanting to take part.
2014 saw Michelle’s husband Mark Wright hit the Strictly ballroom and Michelle said: “It’s not put me off, because I do think it’s an amazing experience. And he loved it.
“But I think he was so nervous and my heart was in my mouth the whole time, so I’m thinking, ‘If I’m so nervous with him doing it, I’m going to be double nervous with me’.”
“That’s what freaks me out – and live television with millions of viewers. And going out and doing that with a skill that doesn’t come natural to you,” Michelle added in an 2015 interview with DigitalSpy.
Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.
The line up is usually confirmed from August with the show starting on TV in September.