BBC newsreader Kate Silverton has reportedly signed up for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Producers have been trying to sign her up for the dance competition for 12 years and she has finally agreed.

A show insider told The Sun: “Kate has been at the top of the producers’ wish list for more than a decade.

“But she has always put her career and family above everything. Now she’s polishing off her dancing shoes and can’t wait to get started. She was asked previously but was reporting on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan so couldn’t do it.

“Kate has made no secret of how much she loves Strictly so being able to take part is a dream come true.”

Kate, 48, regularly fronts the BBC News at One, Six and Ten as well as the weekend shows, and she’s previously confessed she was disappointed at being unable to do Strictly in 2006 when she was asked, as she was reporting from the frontline in Basra, Afghanistan.

She said at the time: “It would be lovely to learn how to dance, but I’ve got too much going on journalistically.”

As well as Kate, Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts, radio host Vick Hope and Steps’ Faye Tozer have also apparently signed up for Strictly.

But Faye’s signing could prove controversial as she already has a fair bit of experience under her belt as a dancer.

The 42-year-old was famed for performing lively choreography with Steps back in the 1990s and 2000s and has since gone on to perform in various stage shows including Singin’ In The Rain and Tell Me On A Sunday.

This could irk some viewers as many get annoyed at Strictly bosses for signing stars with a dance background.

“Few in the past have had quite so much professional performance time as Faye,” a TV insider told The Sun. “Everyone expects her to be a strong contender but it will raise more questions over whether it’s fair for someone who has danced professionally to be up against people with no experience.”