Masterchef presenter Gregg Wallace has reportedly agreed a deal to appear in this autumn’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing.
The presenter is even having various tattoos – including a spider on his leg and a bulldog on his arm – removed so he looks his best on the dancefloor when the new series kicks off on BBC1 later this year according to the Sunday People.
If he is confirmed as a contestant it would fulfil a long-held dream of the presenter who is fond of the catchphrase “cooking doesn’t get much tougher than this” on Masterchef.
He told Radio Times in 2011 of his desire to appear on the show: “I’d like to do it so you wouldn’t have to pay me. I just need the time. I’m a great dancer.”
Fellow Masterchef judge and chef John Torode agreed, saying in the same interview that Gregg was a “far better dancer” than him with Wallace adding: “John’s the chef but I’m the one with the rhythm. John’s only got rhythm if he’s beating an egg.”
Other names that have been linked to the new series, which has a new co-host in Claudia Winkleman, include former Match of the Day football pundit Alan Hansen,TV presenter Ross Kemp, actress Michelle Collins and Radio 1 DJ Greg James.
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