Strictly Come Dancing may seem like a while away, but it hasn’t stopped rumours swirling over which lucky celebs will be gracing the famous ballroom.
Although we’ve had no names confirmed for the series so far, Union J’s Josh Cuthbert and presenter Maya Jama’s names have been thrown into the mix.
However, we can expect no reality stars to appear on the show as they have reportedly been banned. It has been claimed that reality stars including former TOWIE star Samantha Faiers are said to have used the show to further personal publicity.
‘Certain reality celebrities have been peddling these stories about being ‘in talks’ for the show when they have never been approached,’ an insider revealed to The Sun newspaper.
‘Bosses are now fed up of hearing the same people bandying around their own names just to shift a few copies of some weight-loss DVD. In light of this, they’ve put in place their own reality star ban to stop them from cashing in on the show.’
The news is sure to hit reality favourite, TOWIE’s Gemma Collins hard after she confessed her desire to participate in the hugely popular show. However, judge Craig Revel Horwood wasn’t as keen on the GC and explained that the show is used to a ‘higher calibre’ of contestant. Awkward!
Although reality stars are now facing the ban, there are a lucky few who have been able to enjoy the delights of Strictly.
In 2014, former TOWIE star Mark Wright dazzled in sequins on the show, but was labelled as a DJ instead of a reality star following his radio show on Heart FM. Meanwhile, Alison Hammond – who appeared on Big Brother – also starred as a contestant in the same series.
Let’s hope this year’s Love Island contestant’s weren’t hoping to land a spot on the show!