Strictly Come Dancing line up code names and clues REVEALED

Strictly Come Dancing have unveiled the codenames and some clues about this year’s celebrities.


Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly will return to BBC One next month to launch the show.

But they’ve already started work, with the pair unveiling the codenames of this year’s celebrities.

The codes are used to refer to the celebs until their real identities are revealed.

In the past they’ve been Disney and Shakespeare characters but this year they’ve all been named after cheeses.

In a video shared on Twitter, Tess teased: “We have the names of the brand new celebrity line up but we are sworn to secrecy.”

Claudia added: “We can’t say a thing but it feels mean, can we give them just a few clues?”


Revealing some of the codes included Cheddar, Wensleydale and Applewood, Claudia went on to give out some clues.

“Roquefort…I love a strong blue cheese!” Claudia said, prompting fans to suggest she was referring to Blue singer Lee Ryan.

Claudia continued: “Gouda… This cheese might may you laugh. Stilton… ‘Breaking news’. Brie’s going to be a right laugh.”

Although no names have been announced by the BBC yet, plenty of stars have been rumoured.

They include a trio of former popstars: Alongside Ex-Blue singer Lee there’s Pussycat Dolls performer Ashley Roberts and Steps singer Faye Tozer.

The Strictly 2018 cast is also set to see its first YouTuber with vlogger Joe Sugg, brother of fellow online celeb Zoella, set to take to the dancefloor.

Also said to have signed up for the cast this week are BBC News journalist Kate Silverton, This Morning’s Dr Ranj, Capital FM radio DJ and TV presenter Vick Hope.

A spokesperson for the BBC commented on the reports: “We don’t comment on speculation and the full line-up is coming soon.”

The first name will be officially confirmed on Monday, August 13.


More rumoured names Strictly Come Dancing bosses could sign this year include TV personality Anneka Rice, football pundit Chris Kamara and Radio DJ Maya Jama.

Strictly Come Dancing begins on BBC One in September with its pre-recorded launch show.