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Strictly Come Dancing ask popular celebrity back on the show for next series

The BBC newsreader confirmed the news on Tuesday

Hanna Fillingham

The producers of Strictly Come Dancing are already preparing for the 2019 series, and have been approaching a number of celebrities to see if they will take part in the popular dance competition. BBC newsreader Huw Edwards has been the latest famous face to have been asked, and confirmed the news on Radio 2 on Tuesday. Huw – who has already appeared on Strictly as a guest star last year – spoke about the decision he is faced with when talking to radio host Steve Wright. He said: "Following my stellar appearance reading out the terms and conditions in early December, where I basically set the British television world alight, I was asked if I'd consider Strictly."

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Huw continued: "And I think the answer is, Steve. I've come here today for some advice. Despite all appearances, I am quite shy." Reflecting on the revealing costumes that the celebrities and dancers wear, Huw admitted that they "scare him", but he hasn’t quite made up his mind yet. The 57-year-old has the backing of his fans, and It Takes Two host Zoe Ball, who retweeted a message on Twitter from a fan about Huw's potential involvement. Other stars who have been asked to take part have been Chris Evans – who appeared to confirm the news on The One Show just before Christmas, and Alan Carr.

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Last spring, Huw hit the headlines after revealing his impressive three stone weight loss during his presenting duties for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's royal wedding. The father-of-five, who is married to BBC TV producer Vicky Flind, confessed he doesn't do much other than boxing to stay in shape. "I don't have any beauty secrets, but I have taken up boxing," he told the Sun. "I've always battled with my weight, until I found boxing. Now I do three sessions a week and feel great." He added that he was rather impressed with all the new attention. "I feel better than I have for years and it's great getting so many compliments," he shared.

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