Vernon Kay is being tipped to replace Bruce Forsyth as host of Strictly Come Dancing should the 82-year-old decide to retire, say reports.
According to the News Of The World Vernon – who is married to Strictly co-presenter Tess Daly – is being eyed by BBC bosses who would be keen to feature the couple on the show as a husband and wife “dream ticket”.
However they do not want to be forced to axe Bruce – and the paper suggests they are secretly hoping he will decide of his own accord to step down.
“Tess and Vernon is our dream line-up. It would completely refresh the show,” a senior BBC source said.
“They’re young, good looking and there’s obvious chemistry. We’re desperate to get Vern.”
Vernon, 36, is currently tied to a “golden handcuffs” deal with ITV, where he fronts All Star Family Fortunes.
However he has worked with Tess on BBC TV shows in the past, most notably when they presented the 2007 celebrity duets show Just The Two Of Us.
And the BBC have made it clear that Vernon will only accept the Strictly job if Bruce does make the decision to leave.
“Brucie has been very good to Tess, and Vern looks up to him. He must be ready to go,” the insider said.
“Bosses want to revamp Strictly so it appeals to younger viewers while not alienating older fans. He fits the bill.”