Judge Rinder in talks to join the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 line-up

Could the ITV star be set to clash with Craig Revel Horwood?

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Telly judge Robert Rinder is reportedly in talks to sign up for Strictly Come Dancing 2016 - with bosses hoping he'll clash with Craig Revel Horwood.

The 38-year-old appears on ITV's Judge Rinder, a Judge Judy-style daytime show where he rules on small claims cases.

But it seems he's about to open himself up to the scathing jibes he uses in his courtroom, as The Sun suggests he could be about to take to the Strictly dancefloor.

A battle of the judges could be on the cards, as BBC bosses are reportedly banking on fireworks between the legal expert and Craig.

"Anybody who has watched Judge Rinder will know that he is going to be a brilliant match for Craig," a mole told the newspaper. "Producers hope they will go for each other and are predicting that new viewers will tune in just to see them go head-to-head.

“We know he certainly is entertaining. That’s what people want."

As always, the Beeb refused to comment on the claim, but a supposed 'show source' said: "The judge is in talks to be on the show but a contract hasn’t been signed."

Rinder - who is friends with Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch - is currently hosting spin-off show Judge Rinder's Crime Stories, where he examines real-life crimes.

Before finding TV fame he was a professional barrister specialising in financial crimes.

Strictly will return for its fourteenth series later this year, with other rumoured contestants including fellow ITV daytime presenters Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes and Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker.

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