Kids TV star Johnny Ball to become oldest ever Strictly Come Dancing contestant

Judges (Strictly Come Dancing show 1)

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 bosses have reportedly signed their oldest ever contestant, former children's TV presenter Johnny Ball, for the new series.

The Sun claims that an 'enthusiastic' Johnny - who fronted several science-themed shows throughout the 80s - has already impressed in training.

At 74, he is two years ahead of the previous record holder Paul Daniels, who was 72 when he took to the dancefloor in 2010.

A source said: "Johnny might be 74 but he’s got some puff. He has looked after himself over the years and is really game. It would be foolish to write him off as some old duffer just there for laughs, like John Sergeant.

"He’s been showing off some moves in training that would put much younger celebs to shame."

If he joins the line-up, Johnny will end up appearing alongside daughter Zoe Ball, who was recently confirmed as the new presenter of spin-off show Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two.

Zoe was previously a contestant on the 2005 series, coming third with her professional partner Ian Waite.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One for its tenth series on September 15.

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