Strictly Come Dancing ‘number one target’ for 2020 series exposed?

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 saw Kelvin Fletcher lift the Glitterball Trophy alongside Oti Mabuse after one of the closest finals ever. Now with preparations for the 2020 series already well-underway, could Michelle Keegan be back on-screens later this year after reportedly being bosses’ “number one target”?


The show, which has been a BBC staple since it commenced back in 2004, is one of the most popular TV programmes in the UK. 

Fans are always eager to be one step ahead with the gossip and rumours surrounding who might be trying to impress the judges later this year. 

With it being just a few months until the line-up for this autumn’s series is announced, bosses are already on the hunt for a new group of famous faces to take part. 

Michelle Keegan, who starred as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street, is rumoured to be amongst the stars taking to the dance floor in the latest series. 


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According to The Sun, a source has identified Michelle as the “number one target.”

They said: “Michelle ticks all the boxes. She’s glamorous, hugely popular and loves the show too. Producers are desperate to try and sign her up.

“They know that getting her to agree would be a massive coup and are hoping she will do it.”

“In terms of timing this is a great moment for Michelle to do it,” they remarked. 

The source continued to explain how the star was allegedly keen to sign-up whilst appearing on Coronation Street but was made difficult by her appearance on the rival channel. 

“She’s been spending the last few weeks self-isolating at home with Mark so when things can go back to normal, she will be looking to throw herself into new challenges. They don’t come much bigger than Strictly.

“She’s always enjoyed the show and was wanted when she was on Corrie. But it was always very tricky to get over the line because of the BBC and ITV rivalry.”

Michelle is also known for her role in BBC drama Our Girl – currently airing its fourth season – which is known to mark the star’s last appearance on the show.

Speaking to and other press at the press launch of the army-inspired series, Michelle seemed to suggest she wasn’t currently tied to any projects. 

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Michelle explained: “I finished this [filming Our Girl] in July and then I started filming Brassic in August and I finished that in December. So the past few months I’ve actually had a bit of time off. 

“I know that’s actually been really nice like, go away when I want and make plans with my friends and family just been really nice. Yeah, it’s been good. It’s been good.” So, could she decide to sign-up for one of the UK’s biggest TV programmes? 

Of course, Michelle’s husband Mark Wright stormed to success on the show back in 2014 where he was partnered with Karen Hauer. 

The pair made it all the way to the final and finished as runners-up to late TV star Caroline Flack. 


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Another celebrity who could be donning sequins this year is Jamie Laing, who was amongst the cast of last year’s show but was forced to pull out early on.

The Made In Chelsea star sustained a foot injury during the first group number of the year, leaving him unable to continue.

Jamie was originally partnered with Oti, who went onto win the show last year with replacement partner Kelvin. 

With Jamie reportedly keen to have another shot at the BBC show, just who will end up competing for the coveted Glitterball Trophy later this year? contacted a representative for Strictly Come Dancing who declined to comment. 

Strictly Come Dancing returns later this year.


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