Tommy Cannon to become Strictly Come Dancing's oldest ever contestant?

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Comic Tommy Cannon has been tipped to join the Strictly Come Dancing line up for 2017.

And at 78, he'd be the show's oldest ever contestant.


The funnyman is best known for his work with Bobby Ball as part of comedy duo Cannon and Ball.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Tommy would be brilliant on the show and it’s quite exciting that he would be the eldest ever to appear.

“There have been no formal discussions yet, but it’s clear that he would be up for it. Everyone remembers him from his glory days – especially the older Strictly audience."

They added: “If he did get signed up, it would obviously be on condition of passing a medical like every other celeb to see if they could take the hours of training.”

Both Tommy and partner in crime Bobby have appeared on reality telly before, including I'm A Celebrity, Celebrity Masterchef and Celebrity Coach Trip. Could Strictly be next?

"We do not comment on speculation," a spokesperson for the BBC said.

Alongside Tommy, some of the most recent names tipped for this year's cast are Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker.

Other celebs rumoured already include Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock, footballer Frank Lampard, Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill, Paralympian Ellie Simmonds, actress Carley Stenson and comic Joel Dommett.


EastEnders actress Samantha Womack is also reportedly on the 'wish list' of stars for Strictly Come Dancing 2017, alongside her former co-star Rita Simons.

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One later this year.

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