Hit BBC One series Strictly Come Dancing is just around the corner.

The exhilarating celebrity competition is set to air in autumn 2018, as series 16 gets into full swing with spandex, sequins ‘n’ all.

A change in the hiring system sees Vinnie Shergill, who has been the talent executive since 2013, leave the celeb-spotting position. Instead, Stefania Aleksander will curate the Strictly Come Dancing 2018 cast.

She has previously secured the celebs for I’m a Celebrity…, Five Star Hotel and The Real Marigold Hotel.

So, who’s on the shortlist Stefania?

Cheryl Tweedy: Singer

This would be a colossal win for the BBC, should they manage to get Cheryl Tweedy in the line-up.

The singer brings a huge fan base from across the world and recently broke up with former One Direction singer Liam Payne.

Is Strictly next on the cards?

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Tom Daley: Olympic Diver

There is a long list of Olympic athletes on this list, although Tom Daley is the most well-known celebrity.

The 24-year-old was spotted in the Strictly audience cheering on fellow Team GB athlete Louis Smith back in 2012.

Louis claimed Strictly gold that year, and we think Tom could do the same should he enter the show.


Maya Jama: Radio 1 DJ

The Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter is a rising star at the moment.

Girlfriend to none-other than Stormzy, Maya has some serious celebribility. So long as she can pick her own tracks, Maya could bring a fresh of fresh air to the Strictly dancefloor.


Montana Brown: Love Island Series Three

The Love Island star dropped out of reality TV show Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls because of the extreme physical nature of the show.

Given, joining the cast of Strictly Come Dancing sounds more like her cup of tea, although we’re not sure she suits the Strictly audience.

Montana put her hat into the ring and said: The only other one I’d do is Strictly, as I’m a terrible dancer and I’d love to learn properly.”


Richard Hammond: Top Gear

Out of the three iconic Top Gear presenters, Richard Hammond would be the only logical choice.

Imagine Jeremy Clarkson trying to jive!

The Hamster would be a coupe signing for the BBC.

It’s more a case of whether he’s willing to swap-out his motorhead manhood for the more dainty lycra!

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Liam Charles: Great British Bake Off

Although Liam Charles didn’t win 2017’s Great British Bake Off, the 20-year-old was the season’s stand-out star.

Liam is both hilarious and adorable, however, we’re unsure how either of those skills would translate to success on the dancefloor.

Speaking of the rumours, Liam said: That would be so sick. My mum and my nan love that show, that would be hilarious.”


Amanda Holden: Britain’s Got Talent

The Britain’s Got Talent judge has a gap in her autumn schedule – albeit very small – and would be a huge signing for the BBC.

She has, however, confessed that it looks like too much hard work.

We don’t blame ya’ Mandz!


Lizzy Yarnold: Winter Olympic Star

Lizzy Yarnold claimed consecutive gold medals at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.

The fearless Skeleton racer is a self-confessed Strictly fan and could join series 16 for her 30th birthday.


Chris Kamara: Sky Sports News

Football fans across the country will be tuning in to Strictly Come Dancing for the first time ever now that Kammy is on the series.

The former professional footballer and now Sky Sports News presenter is known for calamitous mistakes and baffling errors.

We’re sure he’s totally elegant on his feet, though…


Jessica Ennis-Hill: Olympic Star

Now we’re talking!

Here’s a celebrity that will surely take to the rhumba with ease. The Olympic athlete claimed gold in the heptathlon at London 2012 and was very much the queen of British athletics over this period.

Jessica Ennis has played down the rumours and said: I would be terrible. I’m not ready for Strictly. I’ll stick to my cycle and a bit of running here and there, I think.”


Mark Labbett: The Chase

Anyone with a nickname like The Beast is surely destined for Strictly greatness, right?

Last year, the all-knowledgeable Mark Labbett responded to a question about joining Strictly with this:

I’d love to (join Striclty). Have they got anyone tall enough for me to dance with?”


Coleen Rooney: WAG

The wife of former England international and all-time Manchester United top goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, has few individual accolades to her name.

She has consistently been rumoured with the Strictly Come Dancing cast over the years and could be in prime condition take the spotlight from her hubby, who now plays in the U.S.A.


Brendan Sheerin: Coach Trip

The face of Channel 4 day-time series Coach Trip sparked rumours with a bold move on Twitter.

If you have retweeted already then get to it fast, who doesn’t want to see Brendan Sheerin in Strictly Come Dancing 2018?


Other Strictly Come Dancing Rumours:

  • Shayne Ward – Coronation Street
  • Bonnie Langford – BBC presenter
  • Les Dennis – Coronation Street
  • Diani Vickers – X Factor contestant
  • Alice Roberts – Professor
  • Steph McGovern – BBC presenter
  • John Bercow – House of Commons Speaker
  • Chelsea Halfpenny – Casualty
  • Scarlett Moffatt – TV presenter
  • Anneka Rice – Casualty
  • Catherine Tyldesley – Coronation Street
  • Alex Scott – Former professional footballer
  • Josh Cuthbert – Union J singer
  • Vick Hope – Capital FM DJ


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