Strictly Come Dancing 2013 rumour mill: Countdown’s Rachel Riley signs up for Strictly?

Channel 4's lady of letters and numbers could be heading to BBC1 for something a little more energetic


THE RUMOUR: Countdown’s lady of letters and numbers Rachel Riley has signed up for Strictly. The 27-year-old star of the afternoon quiz show, who also co-hosts Channel 5’s Gadget Show, is one of the 15 celebs taking to the dancefloor for the rapidly approaching new series.


QUOTE FROM A “SOURCE”: So thrillingly fresh – and quite possibly speculative – is this news that no-one’s even had time to get the usual quote from an insider (and anyway, it’s the weekend, all the insiders are out). So we’ll make one up for you: “Rachel is a great signing for Strictly, bringing beauty, brains and the proven ability to wear high heels in a TV studio.”

RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 4/5. On one hand, this story comes from The Daily Star and pretty much consists of a headline and a nice photo of Rachel. On the other hand, Rachel’s recent forays into primetime telly, on 8 Out of 10 Cats Meets Countdown, mean her profile is growing and her career’s at just the right point to benefit from a Strictly boost. She may also be keen to add something a little more energetic to her current intellectual onscreen pursuits. Oh, and she’d probably look pretty good in sparkly lycra too.