Michelle Keegan rumoured for Strictly Come Dancing line up

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Actress Michelle Keegan has been rumoured for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing this year.

It's said BBC bosses will "break the bank" to sign Michelle, who previously starred in ITV soap Coronation Street.

An insider told the Daily Star on Sunday newspaper: “Everyone knows that having Michelle Keegan out on the Strictly dance floor would be ratings gold.

“Everyone behind the scenes thinks she would set the dance floor alight. It’s now a matter of convincing her to sign up.”

The tabloid claims that the show hopes that Michelle would attract younger viewers to the series.

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"That’s a demographic that they are desperate to attract to the show and something they are willing to break the bank for," the insider added.

Michelle, who currently appears on BBC drama Our Girl, previously said she was unsure about taking part in the show.

2014 saw Michelle's husband Mark Wright hit the Strictly ballroom and Michelle said: "It's not put me off, because I do think it's an amazing experience. And he loved it.

"But I think he was so nervous and my heart was in my mouth the whole time, so I'm thinking, 'If I'm so nervous with him doing it, I'm going to be double nervous with me'."

"That's what freaks me out - and live television with millions of viewers. And going out and doing that with a skill that doesn't come natural to you," Michelle added.

However the odds of Michelle following in husband Mark's footsteps for a stint on Strictly Come Dancing have today been slashed into just 2/1 (from 8/1).

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Both Strictly and Our Girl fans would love to see Michelle on the dancefloor. She's already on the BBC payroll, so it's not out of the realms of possibility they can persuade her to switch camouflage for sequins."

Meanwhile, other names rumoured for Strictly in 2018 so far include X Factor star turned TV host Rylan Clark-Neal and The Chase's Mark Labbett.

The quizzer - nicknamed The Beast - is reportedly in talks to join this year's line up.

Mark Labbett

"Mark has become one of the best-known personalities on TV so he has come on to Strictly’s radar," a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper. “They think he could be a real hit with viewers, as he has been on The Chase.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on BBC One.

The line up is usually confirmed in September time.

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