Jessica Ennis Hill already lined up for Strictly Come Dancing in 2017


This year's Strictly Come Dancing may not even be over yet but bosses are already planning for next year.

Olympian Jessica Ennis Hill is said to be lined up for 2017's cast after announcing her retirement from athletics.

The former heptathlon, who won gold in London 2012 and silver in Rio 2016, made a visit to the studio last week.

According to The Sun, show bosses hope to get Jessica to compete in the all star dance contest next year.

"Jess has been invited to Elstree to see the dancers and chat to some of the current celebs," a source said.

They told the tabloid: “She’s made no secret of being a fan of the show, so they were on to her quickly when she hung up her trainers last month.

"It’s a tried and tested method to invite people down to see what it’s like and get them to sign up.

"They really want to land Jess because she’s got a high profile and the show’s had a lot of success with Olympic athletes."

While it may seem a tad early, it's understood that it was this time last year that Anastacia was selected to sign up for the current series after she performed during a 2015 results show.

A spokesperson for BBC commented on the report: “We do not comment on speculation regarding future contestants.”

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 is back this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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