Strictly Come Dancing bosses ‘secure biggest names yet’ for this year’s series

James Charles ‘breaks YouTube record’ with Instant Influencer as fans shocked by eliminationStrictly could see some of its biggest names to date (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

Strictly Come Dancing bosses have reportedly secured some of their ‘biggest names yet’ for this year’s series.

BBC insiders have alleged that many ‘big names’ are signing up to the show after the coronavirus pandemic has seen their own work commitments cancelled.

An inside source said: ‘We’ve signed up people we’ve been after for absolutely ages, who have said they were keen but were always tied up with other work.’

‘Lots are saying yes who have said no before, simply because they’ve actually got the time to fit it in their schedules,’ they added to The Mirror.

It comes after BBC boss Kate Phillips revealed that they are ‘looking very carefully’ into airing Strictly this year.

When chatting on a video call held by the Edinburgh TV Festival as part of its The Controller series, Kate said (via PA): ‘We are absolutely looking very carefully at Strictly and how we could do Strictly this autumn.

James Charles ‘breaks YouTube record’ with Instant Influencer as fans shocked by eliminationKelvin Fletcher took home the trophy last year with Oti Mabuse (Picture: PA)

‘That is absolutely one of our big priorities, making sure we can bring you a great Strictly. But I think inevitably things are going to change.’

Despite continuing with preparations for the new series, producers have raised concerns over when the lockdown will be lifted.

The source added: ‘If we get to September and we’re not allowed to have a haircut or go to the dentist, then we’ve got a real problem.’

James Charles ‘breaks YouTube record’ with Instant Influencer as fans shocked by eliminationShirley Ballas is confident that the show will go ahead (Picture: BBC/Ray Burmiston)

It also comes after judge Shirley Ballas said that she was certain the show would return this year.

Speaking to The Sun, Shirley said: ‘I spoke to some people and they will do anything and everything to make sure that show goes on.

‘We are in tough times with the coronavirus but where there is a will, there is a way.

‘I feel like they will come through.’

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It Takes Two presenter Zoe Ball also weighed in, saying: ‘Whatever happens with the situation I know that they are going to put that show on somehow.

‘It might not have a studio audience, it might be slightly different.’

Strictly Come Dancing will air later this year on BBC One.

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