Strictly Come Dancing 'bans' reality TV stars for 2021 series


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Strictly Come Dancing will soon return to our screens with a flock of new contestants bidding to impress in the ballroom series.

But the popular BBC dancing show will not be welcoming any reality stars to the series.

It is rare to see contestants from the likes of TOWIE or Gogglebox and it’s been made clear that this year will be no different.

There have been some exceptions in the past, including Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing losing out to Bill Bailey in the 2020 final.

But it appears as though the door remains closed for reality TV stars to join the upcoming series, the Mirror reports.

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Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing was an exception to the rule

A source told The Sun: “It’s no secret that Strictly had a blanket ban on fame hungry reality stars in the past, but the celebs had hoped things would ease up a bit after a few YouTubers appeared in the line-up in past years.

“The stars have been ramping up their interest ahead of the new series and while it’s still very early in the selection process, a lot of names have been dismissed already – purely because of where they started out.”

The source continued to say that reality stars started their requests after seeing Mark Wright perform well on the show, but have been met by a wall of refusal.

They added: “Bosses are sticking to their guns on this one and it’s very unlikely any of the reality lot will make the cut.”

Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr was the latest to throw his name in the hat last month after admitting he’d love to have a go after quitting the Channel 4 programme.

Gemma Collins has been linked to the show

Craig Revel Horwood has previously addressed the likes of Gemma Collins appearing on the show and described them as “low rent”.

The judge said: “Gemma Collins would be fun on the show but it’s not very often that we have reality stars take to the ballroom.

“We generally have people of a higher calibre than that.”

The BBC have been contacted for a comment.

Author: [email protected] (Lucy Marshall)
This post originally appeared on Hull Live – Celebs & TV


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