Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman tease the line-up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing. But, although they know the names, they're not letting on...
Just weeks before this year’s Strictly Come Dancing kicks off BBC1 have released a video in which Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman tease at the now-confirmed line-up. The video was posted on BBC1’s Twitter account and contains plenty of hints to start viewers speculating.
“Right here’s the big news boys and girls,” Claudia said.
“We know the names. ALL of them. And they’re good,” confirmed Tess. “They’re good! We’re excited.”
But any hopes that viewers might be let in on the secret where dashed when Claudia said they couldn’t tell fans of the show just yet: “That’s all you’re getting because we can’t tell you anything.”
The 44-year-old presenter said she’s particularly excited about one contestant, saying: “There’s one name that made me scream,” before Tess added: “When you found out you screamed out loud. You got very excited. She screams a lot.”
The only thing the Strictly presenters would say is “There’s something for everyone. There’s young, there’s old, there’s small, there’s tall, there’s cuddly, there’s abrasive. Actually there’s not abrasive. I miss the abrasive ones.
“There’s cute, there’s gorgeous, there’s hot, there’s edible.”
Tess finally promised: “You’re going to be pleased with the clever people who booked them.”
Among those rumoured to appear are Lesley Joseph, Ruth Langsford, Corrie star Ryan Thomas and EastEnders’ Tameka Empson.
According to the Daily Star, singer Will Young has been signed up, with a source saying that he’s a “brilliant” signing for the show.
“He is extremely popular, he is a true professional, he can be quite competitive and he is no shrinking violet.”
This series will be the last for head judge Len Goodman, who announced earlier this year that he would be stepping down after 16 years on the show.
Viewers will have to wait a few more weeks until we get to share in the secret.
Strictly Come Dancing will be back on BBC1 in early September.