While that might be slightly harsh, it’s easy to see why many long-term fans might have been disappointed, given the lack of big names who have signed up.
This got us to thinking - who should have been booked instead?
Admittedly finding celebs who are free or even want to do the series must be a laborious task, but from an ‘EastEnders’ hardman to the Queen of ‘Drag Race’, we’ve come up with a shortlist of stars who we reckon would have been dynamite on the dance floor...
Seeing Danny Dyer taking his trotters for a Jack Plance is exactly what Saturday night TV was made for, and while it may seem unlikely he’d ever sign up, don’t forget he once said he’d “never” do ‘EastEnders’...
Nigella loves anything decadent and extra, and with ‘Strictly’ being the most decadent and extra show on TV, quite how she hasn’t appeared yet is a mystery to us.
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Bosses may not be keen on casting former reality TV stars, but they should probably make an exception for ‘Drag Race’ alum and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ winner Courtney, who would bring some drag queen glam to the often binary world of ballroom.
He may be busy having a huge Hollywood career, but wouldn’t it be great to see Idris back on home turf? Plus, just imagine how smooth he’d look in ballroom top and tails.
When it was teased one of the 2018 contestants would be revealed on ‘Loose Women’, many fans predicted it would be panellist Stacey getting her dancing shoes on. And as much as we’re excited to see Lee Ryan, who ended up being the big reveal, Stacey would have been a brilliant booking.
Just imagine Richard and Craig Revel Horwood clashing. TV gold.
The ‘TOWIE’ star was holding out for a spot on the 2018 line-up by way of compensation from the BBC, following *that* on-stage fall at the Radio 1 Teen Awards. And while bosses probably didn’t want to give in to her diva demands, just think of all the meme-able content she would have served up.
Snapping up the most popular winner of what was once the BBC’s most popular show is a no brainer, right?
The former ‘Corrie’ star has been tipped for ‘Strictly’ every year in recent memory, so we’d love to see her finally do it, even if it’s just so we never have to hear a ‘Michelle Keegan for Strictly’ rumour again.
Every series needs a sports person, and who better than former England captain and all-round good guy Rio Ferdinand? Given all that footwork on the pitch, we reckon he’d probably have the moves on the dance floor too.
From the look of this picture, the wardrobe department wouldn’t even have to make any outfits for Bev - she’d be able to bring in her own frocks.
Having taken over as the host of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show, Greg has just earned a whole new following. And what better way to capitalise on that than by doing ‘Strictly’?
Far be from us to suggest Alan would not be the most talented of dancers, but he’d be guaranteed to bring the laughs.
The Radio 2 DJ was robbed of a full run as a contestant when she took part in the 2013 Christmas special, if you ask us.
Let the dance see the floor!