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Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

22 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing is still months away, but the rumours about which celebrities could be taking part this year are really starting to heat up now - and they've been going since January. So it felt like a good time to start to put together all the speculation we've heard to see if we can figure out who'll be hitting the ballroom in the new series.

Strictly Come Dancing: This is how they keep the celebrities taking part a secret

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' changes of topping BBC One's dance-off

With all the contestants now confirmed, check out the lineup below - and lament what could have been with the rumours that didn't become a reality. Oh well, there's always the Christmas special...

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Jeremy Vine

King of the swingometer Jeremy became the first celebrity confirmed for Strictly on August 10.

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Strictly Come Dancing's final contestants are Kirsty Gallacher and Iwan Thomas

27 August 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Kirsty Gallacher and Iwan Thomas are the final contestants to be announced for the new Strictly Come Dancing series.

The sporty pair were revealed on The One Show today (August 27) on BBC One.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

When asked if she had any dancing experience, Gallacher said: "Not since I was about ten. I used to do loads of ballet and tap… It is very new to a lot of us."

Thomas went on to say that he often likes to try his hand at breakdancing when attending stag-dos, but described himself as a 'dad dancer'.

He also said that his biggest challenge will be controlling himself and dealing with the pressure of the live shows.

Gallacher is best knows for presenting shows such as Gladiators, Sky Sports News and Kirsty's Home Videos, while athlete Thomas found fame as »

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BBC failed to sign Top Gear host Chris Evans to an exclusive deal

27 August 2015 2:11 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC wanted to sign new Top Gear host Chris Evans to an exclusive deal - but Channel 4 got there first.

The presenter was hired to host a full series of his Channel 4 series Tfi Friday before the BBC could nail him down, reports The Guardian.

Danny Cohen - the BBC's director of television - admitted that he was "surprised" when Evans agreed to work with Channel 4 again.

But he added: "[Chris has] made a commitment - but after he's finished he will be solely focused on Top Gear from the New Year."

Tfi Friday will return to Channel 4 with 10 new episodes this autumn, with Evans - and a team of co-presenters - working on the new Top Gear from 2016.

Evans previously quit his hosting gig on The One Show to ensure he had enough time to dedicate to the revamped motoring show.

Meanwhile, former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, »

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Call the Midwife star Helen George confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing

26 August 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Call the Midwife actress Helen George is the 13th celebrity confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing.

The 31-year-old star - who plays Nurse Trixie Franklin in the acclaimed BBC One drama - was announced for the lineup at the Edinburgh TV Festival today (August 26) by Controller of BBC One Charlotte Moore.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

"I'm really excited to be joining Strictly," George enthused. "I know it's going to be a challenge and if I'm honest I'm slightly terrified, but I can't wait to get my tan and sequins on!"

She joins Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O'Donnell, Anthony Ogogo, Jay McGuiness, Anita Rani and Jamelia in the glittering lineup.

The final two celebrity contestants for the »

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Strictly Come Dancing: TV and radio presenter Anita Rani joins the lineup

24 August 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Anita Rani is the latest star to join Strictly Come Dancing.

The television and radio presenter is the 11th celebrity to join 2015's series, with the news being announced during tonight's The One Show.

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

Rani said: "So many elements of Strictly terrify me but I shall try and think #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat as I hit the dance floor.

"I'm so excited to indulge that fantasy and hopefully learn some mean moves in the process. Let's get our groove on!"

Rani has presented on shows such as Watchdog, Countryfile and The One Show.

Ready to give #Strictly some welly it's @BBCCountryfile and #theoneshow presenter @itsanitarani!

https://t.co/4rOCOvJBFH

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 24, 2015

She was also part of the BBC's Royal Wedding presenting team in 2011.

News of Rani's participation follows the announcement earlier today that former The Wanted member Jay McGuiness »

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Strictly Come Dancing's next contestant will be revealed on tonight's One Show

24 August 2015 8:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The Wanted's Jay McGuiness has only just been announced for Strictly Come Dancing but we won't have to wait long to find out who will be joining him.

The show's communications manager Chris McCluskey has revealed that the next star for this year's show will be unveiled tonight (August 24) on BBC One's The One Show.

Let's have another one! Next @bbcstrictly celeb will be confirmed Tonight on The One Show - from 7pm on @BBCOne http://t.co/TOv31XJAn4

— Chris McCluskey (@chris_maccc) August 24, 2015

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

Alex Jones is joined by guest presenter Richard Blackwood on tonight's show, which airs for half an hour from 7pm. Sanjeev Bhaskar, Dan Snow and Anita Rani are on the sofa.

McGuiness was the tenth celebrity to join 2015's series, »

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Wanted's Jay McGuiness joins the lineup

24 August 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

And the latest star to join the Strictly Come Dancing line-up is... The Wanted's Jay McGuiness.

The boyband member is the tenth celebrity to join 2015's series, with Strictly's Twitter account confirming the news today.

Wanted: Another #Strictly celebrity! Please welcome @TheWanted's @JayMcGuiness!

https://t.co/03rscOl1vq

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 24, 2015

"My family are such huge Strictly fans, I know I've made them very happy by taking part - I can't wait to get started," said McGuiness.

"I love to dance but this is going to be so different from anything I have done before, I'm up for it!"

The Wanted released ten Top 10 singles and three albums together, disbanding last year to focus on solo projects.

The singer will be battling it out for the coveted Glitter Ball trophy with Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Georgia May Foote, Katie Derham, Carol Kirkwood, Peter Andre, Daniel O'Donnell and Anthony Ogogo. »

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UK TV Ratings: Katie Price In Therapy watched by 890k on Channel 5

22 August 2015 3:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Katie Price: In Therapy was seen by an average audience of 890k on Channel 5.

An audience share of 4.8% tuned in to watch the former glamour model undergo psychological evaluation over the course of a month.

Ripper Street was seen by an average audience of 2.82 million (15.3%), up on last week's 2.74 million.

For the second week running, The One Show was Friday's (August 21) highest-rated programme outside of soaps, entertaining 3.18 million (19.4%) at 7pm.

It was followed by A Question of Sport with 2.42 million (13.3%) at 7.30pm, while Would I Lie to You? was seen by 2.57 million (12.9%).

BBC One's evening ended with a reduced audience of 1.05 million (8.7%) for Mountain Goats.

Replacing Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun, Real Stories with Ranvir Singh secured 2.11 million (11.2%) for ITV at 8pm, while BBQ Champ was seen by 1.38 million (7.5%).

Back on the Beeb, 570k (3.5%) tuned in to »

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Strictly Come Dancing announces its next contestant tomorrow on Steve Wright's Radio 2 show

19 August 2015 11:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The next Strictly Come Dancing contestant will be announced tomorrow on BBC Radio 2.

A post from the show's official Twitter account confirmed that Steve Wright will unveil the contestant on his Thursday show (August 20).

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

Strictly has been drip-feeding names for the show over the last few days and will likely do the same until the full 16-strong contestant list is full.

This year's previous announcements have been made on Chris Evans's Radio 2 Breakfast Show, BBC Breakfast and BBC One's The One Show.

Here's a little factoid. The next #Strictly celebrity will be revealed tomorrow on @BBCRadio2's Steve Wright show. pic.twitter.com/WGjOsY43nF

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 19, 2015

So far announced for this year's Strictly are Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, »

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Strictly Come Dancing announces its next contestant tomorrow on BBC Breakfast

17 August 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The next Strictly Come Dancing contestant will be announced tomorrow morning on BBC Breakfast.

A post from the show's official Twitter account confirmed that Bill Turnbull and Louise Minchin will unveil the contestant on Tuesday's show (August 18).

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 lineup rumours: Which celebrities could take part this year?

Strictly Come Dancing 2015 winner: We rank the celebrities' chances of topping BBC One's dance-off

Strictly has been drip-feeding names for the show over the last few days and will likely do the same until the full 16-strong contestant list is full.

This year's announcements have already been made on Chris Evans's Radio 2 Breakfast Show and BBC One's The One Show.

Calling #Strictly fans - @billtu and @louiseminchin are unveiling the next contestant for 2015 on tomorrow's show! pic.twitter.com/rC4YPIdHoY

— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) August 17, 2015

Former contestant Scott Mills told Digital Spy just how the BBC keeps the »

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UK TV Ratings: Ripper Street loses 600k viewers on BBC One

15 August 2015 5:57 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

BBC One's Ripper Street lost roughly 600k viewers this week, as a reduced audience of 2.74 million (14%) tuned in to watch the Victorian crime thriller.

Down from last week's 3.38 million average, Ripper Street was behind The One Show as Friday's highest-rated programme outside of soaps.

The One Show was seen by an average audience of 3.22 million (18.5%) at 7pm, while A Question of Sport followed with 2.32 million (12.1%).

BBC One's evening continued with 2.55 million (12.1%) for Would I Lie to You? at 8.30pm and ended with 1.46 million (11%) for Mountain Goats at 10.45pm.

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.17 million (11%) on ITV at 8pm, while BBQ Champ attracted an average audience of 1.43 million (7.3%) at 9pm.

Unsurprisingly, The Great British Bake Off: Extra Slice was BBC Two's highest-rated show with 2.31 million (11.6%) at 9pm.

Earlier in the evening, »

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Ainsley Harriott is the second celeb confirmed for this year's Strictly Come Dancing

11 August 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing has confirmed its second celebrity for the new series - Ainsley Harriott.

The news was unveiled on BBC One's The One Show this evening (August 11).

Ready Steady... Dance! Ainsley Harriott joins the cast of #Strictly 2015! http://t.co/Xvz8oRCppC

https://t.co/FVfMJHwYDt

— BBC Strictly (@bbcstrictly) August 11, 2015

Strictly Come Dancing: This is how they keep the celebrities taking part a secret

The 58-year-old chef and Ready Steady Cook host will appear on the show alongside previously confirmed star Jeremy Vine.

"I do like the idea of [Strictly], especially when I'm gliding around the kitchen…" he said.

Speaking about Jeremy Vine, Harriott added: "Jeremy's got this wonderful discipline about him… he really plans, and everything is done in detail… and that's what's required in dancing."

He went on to say that he has "absolutely no idea" who is yet to be confirmed for the show or »

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Strictly Come Dancing: This is how they keep the celebrities taking part a secret

11 August 2015 4:42 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Strictly Come Dancing season kicked off yesterday when Jeremy Vine was named as the first celebrity taking part - and the next star will be unveiled tonight.

But despite all the rumours and gossip, how do Strictly bosses keep the famous faces taking part a secret?

We wanted to know, so we got on to last year's contestant Scott Mills to find out - and it turns out that being a Strictly star is pretty good spy training.

"They're so worried about it leaking out as to who's on it, it's like a massive secret," Mills said. "Obviously the papers try and guess all the time. They try and keep it under wraps so much, that they give everyone code names every year. I felt like I was in James Bond - it was so cool."

Of course, the celebs aren't actually spies, so sometimes things can get a bit confused (basically, »

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UK TV ratings: Wimbledon coverage peaks at over 6m as Roger Federer beats Andy Murray

11 July 2015 2:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Wimbledon pulled in a strong audience for BBC One on men's semi-finals day this Friday (July 10), overnight ratings show.

BBC One's coverage averaged 4.29m (43.2%) from 1.45pm on Friday afternoon, as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer made the final. However, audiences peaked at 6.87m (48.9%) between 5.45pm and 6pm, when Federer broke Andy Murray's serve at the end of the second set on his way to a thrilling 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over the 2013 Wimbledon champion.

Post-match analysis on BBC Two attracted an audience of 1.01m (6.2%) from 6.30pm, while the recently-revamped highlights show Wimbledon 2Day was seen by 1.06m (5.9%) from 8pm.

Back on BBC One, Chris Evans's last edition of The One Show entertained 3.33m (20.3%) at 7pm, while a repeat of A Question of Sport aired to 2.32m (13.6%) at 8pm.

Celebrity MasterChef, featuring Keith Chegwin, former-EastEnders star Scott Maslen, Samira Ahmed »

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UK TV ratings: Big Brother live eviction seen by more than 1 million

4 July 2015 7:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

The latest Big Brother live eviction was seen by more than 1 million people on Channel 5 on Friday (June 3) evening.

An average audience of 1.01 million (5.6%) tuned in to watch another regular and legendary housemate leave the compound. The show peaked with 1.17 million (6.1%).

A further 619k (5.2%) watched Big Brother's Bit on the Side, while 363k (5%) watched live footage from the house from 11.30pm.

BBC One's Celebrity Masterchef was the evening's highest-rated show, attracting 3.59 million (19.4%) at 8.30pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 1.77 million (10.5%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 1.7 million (9.9%) for Would I Lie To You? immediately after.

The night ended with 2.65 million (22%) for The Graham Norton Show at 10.35pm, which featured highlights from the previous season.

Over on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.18 million (12.5%) and Doc Martin played to 1.79 million »

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Clare Balding's new Wimbledon highlights show: What do you think? - open thread

1 July 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Clare Balding's new Wimbledon highlights show has been met with largely negative reviews since it debuted on Monday (June 29).

Wimbledon 2Day has been criticised by tennis fans on Twitter, while Radio Times called it "a mess, a giddy mix of inane tweets, snippets of matches (let's not forget actual tennis is being played, something, presumably we all want to see, which is why we've tuned in) and a bit of chat."

Much of the criticism has been levelled at the name of the show, and the fact that it's replaced tennis highlights with The One Show-style chat, home videos from viewers and tweets.

The show replaced the long-running Today at Wimbledon series which presented highlights of the day's action for those who may have missed the live matches while at work.

Its second show on Tuesday (June 30) appeared to be slightly tweaked to show more tennis, but viewers were still not best pleased. »

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UK TV ratings: BBC Two Glastonbury coverage peaks with 1.17 million

27 June 2015 2:24 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

BBC Two's Glastonbury 2015 coverage peaked with 1.17 million (6.5%) on Friday evening (June 26).

An average audience of 980k (5.5%) tuned in to watch BBC Two's Glastonbury coverage from 8pm. It returned with 940k (5.2%) at 10pm, while a further 570k (9.7%) stayed up late to watch a mixture of highlights and live coverage at 11pm.

BBC Three aired various Glastonbury sets throughout the evening, beginning with 235k (1.4%) for James Bay & Catfish and the Bottlemen at 7pm. Jungle & the Vaccines continued with 340k (1.9%) at 8pm, while 869k (9%) watched Rudimental play the festival from 11pm.

BBC Four's Glastonbury coverage included 383k (2%) for Motorhead at 8.30pm and 507k (2.7%) for Mark Ronson at 9pm.

For the second week running, The Graham Norton Show was the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps. An average audience of 3.41m (25.4%) watched guests including Lewis Hamilton at 10.35pm.

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A bananas day at the BBC: Watch the Minions take over the Tardis

25 June 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Minions are always in search of a villainous new master, but they had more chance of finding The Doctor during their day at the BBC.

Bob, Stuart and Kevin took control of the Tardis and took it further than any BBC show has gone before... to the cobbles of Coronation Street.

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During their bananas visit, the trio also conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, visited the set of Blue Peter and gatecrashed the BBC News studio.

BBC Radio 1's Greg James also stars in the video as he tries to deliver the Minions successfully to The One Show's Alex Jones.

To celebrate the release of Minions, Amazon has launched special packaging for its customers.

Watch the trailer for Minions below: »

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Tfi Friday will return for an 8-episode series hosted by Chris Evans

23 June 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Tfi Friday will return for an 8-episode series hosted by Chris Evans.

Channel 4 has confirmed the comeback for the show, which recently enjoyed a one-off special. The new episodes will air later this year.

11,751 people voted in a snap Digital Spy poll after the revival episode, with a massive 71.9% calling for a full-time comeback and just 28.1% wanting the show to be laid to rest.

Tfi Friday ran for six series from 1996 to 2000 on Channel 4. The first five series were hosted by Evans, and the sixth by a series of guest presenters.

In 2005, Evans fronted just six episodes of short-lived spinoff Ofi Sunday on ITV.

Just written last chapter of new book. Had no idea it was going to start with a secret marathon and end with TFi Friday & Top Gear. Onwards!

Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 23, 2015

Earlier this month, a Tfi Friday live special aired on Channel 4 as »

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UK TV ratings: Big Brother Live Eviction watched by over 1 million on Channel 5

20 June 2015 5:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

UK TV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Big Brother's latest eviction was seen by more than 1 million people on Friday (June 19) evening.

As Jade Lynch became the eighth housemate to be evicted, Big Brother: Live Eviction was seen by an average audience of 1.07 million (6%). It peaked with 1.15 million (6.2%).

A further 462k (6.8%) watched Big Brother's: Bit on the Side at 10.30pm, while 322k (4.4%) watched live footage from the house immediately after.

Featuring guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke, The Graham Norton Show was the evening's highest-rated programme outside of soaps.

An average audience of 3.45 million (27.4%) tuned in to watch the talk show at 10.35pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 2.97 million (19.4%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.47 million (14.7%) for Would I Lie to You immediately after.

Celebrity Masterchef continued with 3.34 million (18.1%) at 8.30pm, and peaked with 3.98 million (21.4%) at 9.45pm.

Over on BBC Two, »

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