Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line up 'set to include Olympic heroes'

Louis Smith

The new Strictly Come Dancing line up is set to include so-called 'Olympic heroes' from the upcoming 2016 games.

But with the latest Olympics not finishing until late August, it mean that the confirmed list of celebs for this year's Strictly cast is set to be delayed.

According to The Sun newspaper, Strictly bosses hope to repeat the success of 2012's series where they signed Gymnast Louis Smith and cyclist Victoria Pendleton following London's Olympic games.

Louis won the series that year, although Victoria was pretty lucky to get as far as eighth place tbh.

With questions over who will prove to be a success at Rio 2016, producers are having to wait to make offers.

"It will most definitely mean a chaotic rush and race against time to get at least two Olympic stars contracted and costumed ahead of the launch," a source said today.

They explained: “It will mean a delay in the official line-up being made public but there is no doubt amongst the researchers that to get a couple of sporting names fresh from the games involved will be a huge ratings winner once again.”

Other rumoured celebs for the line up this year include Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery, TV presenter couple Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, singer Anastacia, former I'm A Celebrity host Laura Whitmore and Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood.

Meanwhile it's not just the celebrity line up that is being delayed with the selection of pro dancers also yet to be confirmed.

Janette Manrara revealed recently: "I don't know if I'm returning this year. I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed to get Strictly again - I'm not even considering anything else at the moment."

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 will air on BBC One from around September time.

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