But if you’re going to try to get some insider info on which celebrities will be in the line-up, don’t go asking host Claudia Winkleman.
The presenter was on today’s (February 12) This Morning with Tess Daly, where she revealed that the BBC doesn’t tell her any names ahead of time.
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“They now tell me after they tell the press,” she told Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
“One year, it was very secret: lock the door, phones off, eyes down, here’s who’s doing it. And I went, ‘Got ya, don’t tell anyone.’
“Got in the lift at the BBC, went down and somebody went, ‘Oh yeah, you do the Strictly show. Do you know who’s doing it?’ Said the whole list of names.”
She said that led to her getting a reputation of being “a bit leaky” and being slapped with a ban.
Oh, Claudia. Never change.
Phil and Holly tried to deduce if Huw Edwards was actually doing the show this year, but Claudia and Tess gave nothing away. The Strictly hosts did say their dream guests would be Sir Michael Caine and Liz Hurley, though.
This Morning airs every weekday (and now Sundays too) on ITV from 10.30am.