Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestants: Who are the celebrities in the cast? All the rumours

We've got a few months before the glitter ball starts spinning again but the rumour mill is already in full flow. Find out who's tipped to be taking to the ballroom this year.

By Katie Archer Updated: 27 July 2021 - 5.48pm
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It's one of the best parts of the run-up to Strictly Come Dancing for the show's superfans - trying to work out which celebrities will be joining the cast for the new series.

There are always a few curveballs and the show is notoriously good at keeping its line-up a secret, but that doesn't stop us from having some fun with guessing at who's signed up.

Here's our round-up of the latest rumours out there for the class of 2021.

Strictly Come Dancing 2021 rumoured contestants

Andrew Neil

GB News presenter Andrew Neil is rumoured to be doing Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Getty

The GB News presenter was apparently first approached four years ago to take part and there would definitely be plenty of people intrigued by the prospect of seeing the political journalist all dressed up in sequins for a rumba.

Normally, we're sure Neil would run a mile from reality TV, but maybe this year he might consider an offer to help boost the PR for GB News.

Louise Minchin

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, who is rumoured to be doing Strictly Come Dancing 2021 Getty

The BBC Breakfast favourite has been a rumoured contestant for many years, but she's always maintained that she's on "lifetime ban" from the show by her husband.

However, Minchin is leaving BBC Breakfast this autumn and she recently revealed that her husband messaged her to say the ban was lifted. Could the stars be aligning?

Ugo Monye

BT Sport pundit and rugby star Ugo Monye, who is rumoured to be a Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant

Rugby star Ugo Monye could be about to become one of the most regular fixtures on BBC One.

He's part of the new-look Question of Sport lineup, as a team captain and according to The Sun, he's signed up for Strictly Come Dancing 2021.

Peter Crouch

Footballer and podcast star Peter Crouch, who is rumoured to be a contestant in Strictly 2021 BBC

Peter Crouch has got a hit BBC podcast and has been given two entertainment shows - Saves our Summer and Year Late Euros - on BBC One, which must mean he has lots of fans in the BBC's entertainment team.

He's also got Strictly history, because the 6ft7 footballer's wife Abbey Clancy won Strictly in 2013.

The sport star will need more than 'The Robot' dance moves if he's going to match Abbey's performance on the show and take home the Glitterball Trophy.

Christine Quinn

Christine Quinn, who is rumoured to be a Strictly 2021 contestant, in Selling Sunset on Netflix, Netflix

The Selling Sunset star teased on social media that she was heading to the UK in September, sparking rumours about what plans or projects she has up her sleeve.

Could UK fans of the glamourous Netflix real estate reality TV series be seeing Christine on the Strictly dancefloor this autumn?

Josephine Jobert

The Death in Paradise actress would be a popular choice if she has the time in her busy crime-solving schedule to show off her boogie skills.

Jobert returned to BBC One's exotic murder mystery series in 2021 and with the show's first ever Christmas special planned for later this year, the BBC will be keen to promote the crime drama in any way they can.

Holly Willoughby

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This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby has made no secret of the fact that she loves Strictly, and professional dancer Giovanni Pernice has called her his dream celebrity partner.

Commitments for Strictly always fall pretty close to the start of Holly’s hosting duties for Dancing On Ice and she’s one of ITV’s biggest stars, but could this finally be the year that she manages to make time for a BBC show?

Rio Ferdinand

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Former footballer and BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand claims to have been approached to do Strictly every year – and colleague Gabby Logan has tried her best to finally get him to do as she did and sign up as a contestant.

She said to Tess Daly on her podcast: “I was trying to persuade Rio Ferdinand. You need to get your producers onto him. I almost had him.

“He said, ‘Did you really enjoy it?’ I said, ‘How often do they ask you?’ He said, ‘Every year’. He’d be incredible, and he’s a dancer!”

Maya Jama

Maya Jama Getty

Presenter Maya Jama spoke to Radio Times recently about Strictly, praising the show for finally including their first same-sex couple in 2020 with Nicola Adams and Katya Jones.

When asked whether she’d take part, she said: “I don’t know, I always say I don’t know. I’d never say never to all of these things.”

Tina Barrett

Tina Barrett Getty

Former S Club 7 star Tina Barrett is just waiting for that call from Strictly and would jump at the chance to step out onto the ballroom.

She made her bid to join the line-up when she told The Sun: “I love Strictly and I’d like to do it. I haven’t been asked to, so if anyone at Strictly is reading, please let me go on. It would be amazing. I am a bit of a Glitterball girl.”

Ralf Little

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Death in Paradise star Ralf Little reckons he’s had no end of offers to do reality shows, but would consider ones where you learn “a skill” such as Strictly or Dancing On Ice.

He told Hello! Magazine: "I think people who participate in Strictly and do well in Strictly, they're learning a real skill, an art form, and there's something really rewarding about that. The same goes for Dancing On Ice."

Laura Tobin

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Good Morning Britain’s weather presenter Laura Tobin has made no secret of being keen to follow in the footsteps of her co-stars.

In fact, with Susanna Reid, Charlotte Hawkins, Ranvir Singh, Richard Arnold and Kate Garraway all having taken part, she’s one of the few people in the GMB studio not to have done Strictly.

She told The Mirror: "I would love to do Strictly. I love dancing and singing, that's all I do around the house with Charlotte. I would be available..."

When is Strictly Come Dancing 2021 on TV?

As yet, no start date has been released, but it's usually towards the end of September.

We're expecting to see the new series launch around Saturday, September 25.

Who are the past winners of Strictly? 

Comedian Bill Bailey made Strictly history when he became the oldest ever champion at the age of 55 in 2020. He also helped partner Oti Mabuse bring home her second win in a row.

Here are all the winning couples so far:

Series 1 - Natasha Kaplinsky and Brendan Cole

Series 2 - Jill Halfpenny and Darren Bennett

Series 3 - Darren Gough and Lilia Kopylova

Series 4 - Mark Ramprakash and Karen Hardy

Series 5 - Alesha Dixon and Matthew Cutler

Series 6 - Tom Chambers and Camilla Dallerup

Series 7 - Chris Hollins and Ola Jordan

Series 8 - Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev

Series 9 - Harry Judd and Aliona Viliani

Series 10 - Louis Smith and Flavia Cacace

Series 11 - Abbey Clancy and Aljaz Skorjanec

Series 12 - Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev

Series 13 - Jay McGuiness and Aliona Vilani

Series 14 - Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton

Series 15 - Joe McFadden and Katya Jones

Series 16 - Stacey Dooley and Kevin Clifton

Series 17 - Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse

Series 18 - Bill Bailey and Oti Mabuse

Strictly Come Dancing's glitter ball winners in full

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