Now, Tom Daley, who has long been touted as a likely participant in the new season, has sent out a tweet that has got fans wondering if he’s prepping for the big reveal.
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“Excited to go on BBC’s The One Show on Thursday,” he wrote on Twitter. “Make sure to tune in for some fun chat”.
Excited to go on @BBCTheOneShow on Thursday! Make sure to tune in for some fun chat 😉
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) August 13, 2018
On paper this looks fairly innocuous, but as BBC broadcast outlets have been revealing new Strictly contestants live on air this week – Katie Piper was announced on BBC’s Breakfast on Monday morning, with Faye Tozer and Danny John Jules unveiled on Monday’s The One Show and Joe Sugg introduced on Radio 1 on Tuesday – this has got fans thinking that Daley is about to confirm his appearance on the show.
— Fit Famous Males (@FitFamousMales) August 13, 2018
No #Strictly without Tom that would be unthinkable
— Christopher Wood (@ChrisJW1987) August 13, 2018
— Melanie (@Mgteacher1) August 13, 2018
You best be going on strictly !!
— Eleanor Alyce Crook LRPS (@0013ellie) August 13, 2018
— Debbie McCrory ⭐️〓〓 (@debbiedotmac) August 13, 2018
The British diver has been tipped by the bookies to make his reality TV debut on Strictly later this year: in early August, some outlets had him at 7/4 to feature in the series.
Tom is reportedly a fan of the show, and was spotted in the audience cheering on Team GB teammate Louis Smith in 2012. That said, he was widely rumoured to feature in the 2013 series, too, and that never came to pass. Plus, he does have a new BBC documentary about surrogacy in the works, which could also explain his appearance on The One Show…
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC1 in the autumn