Chris Evans announces on live TV that he is joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2019 –

Chris Evans announces on live TV that he is joining Strictly Come Dancing in 2019 –

Strictly Come Dancing just crowned Stacey Dooley as its latest winner less than a week ago, but we apparently already know the first contestant signed up for next year’s series.

That would be radio legend and former Top Gear presenter Chris Evans, who shared the big news on live TV during a chat with Alex Jones and Matt Baker on The One Show today (December 19).

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Chris made the big announcement when he was asked by Alex to “deny or confirm” that he’d already signed up to be on Strictly.

“Well, I have said yes. I have said yes,” he confirmed to her. “Only because my wife wants to go every week! You [two] know, you get a pair of tickets, don’t you? Okay, you [Alex] and my wife will go every week and have a great time while I’ll be petrified backstage. Shaky legs and all that stuff!”

Matt pointed out that Chris was already humble-bragging, pointing out: “You’re making a bid for the final, telling [Alex], ‘You’re gonna to go every week!'”

“Oh no, no, no,” Chris assured him. “You get a pair of tickets every week, anyhow!”

The One Show 12/19/18: Chris Evans


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Lest you think Chris was speaking off the cuff on The One Show, he later made it clear that he’d absolutely spoken to BBC bosses and agreed to their terms to do Strictly.

“I saw the commissioning editors, and we had a conversation,” he revealed. “[They] said, ‘This is what you need to know about it. This is the minimum. This is the maximum. It’s not as easy as maybe you imagine it is’.

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“I think what’s funny about it is, everybody puts it off and tries to keep it a secret. No, announce now!”


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[Chris with wife Natasha Shishmanian]

“You never know who’ll sign up if they know you’re doing it,” Alex predicted.

One person who definitely won’t be joining the line-up next year is Alan Carr, who admitted during an appearance on Loose Women earlier this week that he’s just too busy to sign up right now.

Evans is a busy man himself, having recently announced that he’ll be turning over his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show to Zoe Ball in order to return to Virgin Radio.

Strictly Come Dancing will return for its next series in the autumn of 2019 on BBC One.

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