Chris Evans reveals he’s “said yes” to Strictly next year

The (almost) former Radio 2 presenter is looking to swap his mic for dancing shoes

Chris Evans, Getty, SL

While most Strictly contestants play coy about their involvement during the run-up to the show, Radio 2’s Chris Evans has already revealed he’s “said yes” to next year’s dance contest.

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Evans, who will present his final Radio 2 breakfast show on Christmas Eve before moving to Virgin Radio in January, made the Strictly announcement on BBC1’s The One Show.

 “I have said yes, primarily because my wife would like to go every week,” the former Top Gear presenter told host Alex Jones, although he later added that he hasn’t yet signed a contract.

“Everyone puts it off and tries to keep it a secret. No, announce now. We’re doing it now,” he continued.

Jones, who reached the Strictly semi-finals back in 2011, joked that she could accompany Evans’ wife to the show.

“So you and my wife will go every week,” Evans said. “You will have a great time while I’ll be petrified backstage, with shaky legs and all that kind of stuff… It’s not about me, it’s about [wife] Tash getting in.”

He also revealed that he’d had “a cup of tea” with Strictly commissioning editor Jo Wallace, who told Evans “it’s not as easy as maybe you imagine it is”.

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Chris Evans’ breakfast show started on Virgin Radio in January 2019