Rylan Clark-Neal says he's up for Strictly Come Dancing this year

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Rylan Clark-Neal says he's up for joining the Strictly Come Dancing line up this year.

The presenter is arguably in need of a new TV gig after Big Brother was axed by Channel 5 in 2018.


Fans have been hoping he signs up to Strictly following a guest appearance on the BBC One show during last year's series.

Rylan was in the audience and helped out host Claudia Winkleman with the voting details. Viewers subsequently started to campaign to get Rylan on the show.

Now Rylan himself has said he's up for the challenge.

He told OK! Magazine he wouldn't take part in I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! but would consider Strictly if asked.

"It'd probably be Strictly Come Dancing if anything, but I never make plans," Rylan said of taking part in other reality shows. "One thing I've learnt is not to have a bucket list. I take each day as it comes and hope for the best".

Speaking about the prospect of Strictly back in 2017, Rylan revealed his celebrity pals were encouraging him to take on the challenge.


Rylan said: "I'm being bullied to do Strictly Come Dancing. I'd love to do it but it's a very big time commitment.

"I'm in a lucky position and this could all end in the morning. Five years in telly is like 50. It's more what you say no to rather than what you say yes to."

He added: "If I'd said yes to everything then I don't think I'd be doing what I'm doing now."

Rylan, who rose to fame on The X Factor before winning Celebrity Big Brother, previously said taking on Strictly would require him leaving his current CBB spin-off hosting commitments.

The Bit On the Side presenter explained: "I can’t as I’m at Big Brother, the timings would never happen. When Strictly starts, I’m at work still, so I see all the Strictly lot all the time. We have about a three week cross over."

But with Big Brother now off-air, could Rylan take to the Strictly ballroom?

If Rylan does ever take on Strictly, he wouldn't be the first X Factor star to do so.

2008 winner Alexandra Burke and runner up from the same year, Aston Merrygold of boy band JLS took part in 2017's show.


Aston made a shock early exit but Alexandra got through to the grand final.

Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC One in the autumn.

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