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Good Morning Britain hosts have always done well on Strictly Come Dancing, with Susanna Reid coming second back in 2013 with professional dance partner Kevin Clifton and Kate Garraway taking part back in 2007 with Anton Du Beke. But after Ben Shephard revealed he had been ‘banned’ from taking part on the BBC dance competition, it seems he could be about to pull on his dancing shoes later this year. 

Strictly Come Dancing is set to continue late this year after a number of ITV and BBC shows had to halt filming after the lockdown was announced in March. 

Since then, BBC fans have been desperate for some good news from the Strictly bosses and they continue to say they are monitoring the situation closely. 

However, there have been a number of special measures reported to have been put in place to guarantee the show can continue. 

With this glimmer of hope, fans now just want to know which celebrities will be taking part this year, but a huge hint has been dropped that Ben Shephard will be joining the past. 


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Paddy Power odds currently have Ben Shephard with odds of 20/1 to take part in the 2020 series. 

A Paddy Power spokesperson told Express.co.uk exclusively: “Ben Shepard has been on a number of shows from GMTV to Tipping Point and even hosting Ninja Warrior UK. 

“As such, we think a stint on Strictly wouldn’t be out of the realms of possibility, though we’re not sure he’d have quite the popularity of other names on the list.”

However, Ben will have to convince his wife Annie Perks first. 

Last year on Good Morning Britain, professional dancer AJ Pritchard and his brother and Love Island star Curtis joined Ben and Kate. 

During the interview, Ben admitted his wife had concerns about him signing up. 

Ben revealed: “So my wife has always been sort of pretty upfront about the fact that she doesn’t want me to do it because of the ‘curse’. 

“She says, ‘Why would I want you to go on and do that?’ Is it the same for the professional dancers and their partners?”

AJ explained that for him it’s always about the dancing, and that’s the main focus in the rehearsal room. 

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The supposed Strictly ‘curse’ has been highly publicised over the years and is a term used to describe couples who break up during or after taking part in the show.

But, could things have changed and has Ben’s wife had a change of heart.

To safely be able to get the show to its fans in September, one of the ideas had been to quarantine dancers with their celebrity partners. 

They could even get all dancers to isolate together in a big house, to allow for group dances, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. 


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As viewers know by now, professional dancers Kevin Clifton and AJ Pritchard both individually stepped down from the show earlier this year. 

It has now been reported that judge Bruno Tonioli might not be taking part this year. 

Bruno has been a judge on the show since the show began back in 2004 and sometimes takes time away from Strictly every year to judge Dancing with the Stars in the States. 

However, it’s now been reported that because of travel bans around the World because of the current pandemic, Bruno might have to make a choice. 

So far the likes of Cheryl and Stacey Dooley have been hinted as his replacement, but will he be able to travel freely by the time the show airs? 

Strictly Come Dancing is set to return later this year. 

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