Strictly Come Dancing reportedly lining up legendary 80s popstar

Strictly Come Dancing is reportedly lining up a legendary 80s icon for this year’s competition.

It is thought BBC bosses could be looking to ‘shake-up’ the contest.

And, it seems Shakin’ Stevens could be the act they hope brings something fresh to the line-up.

The 75-year-old pop veteran has reportedly been on the show’s shortlist for a while, reports the Daily Star.

Shakin’ Stevens, aka Mike Barratt, is best known for hits This Ole House and Merry Christmas Everyone.

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Bosses are hopeful they can finally get the Welshman on the dancefloor this year, as he has returned to the charts with Re-set, his first new album for seven years.

A well-placed source said: “Bosses have spent years trying to get national Shakey on the show and are hopeful that he’ll finally say yes. Shakey is a consider a national treasure thanks to that big Christmas hit and is certain to be popular with viewers.

“Bosses are hoping he can be the older contestant who surprises everyone. His hip shaking on the Top of the Pops is legendary!”

Contestants rumoured to be taking part in this year’s Strictly include telly presenter Sophie Morgan, 38, who would be the first wheelchair-user to take part in the show.

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Downton Abbey’s Amy Nuttall, 40, Emma and Matt Willis, 47 and 40, Gino D’Acampo, 46, Peter Crouch, 42, and Steph McGovern, 40, are also said to be in the frame for the latest series, set to kick off in September.

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