Abbey Clancy was the Strictly winner last year [BBC]
While the corporation is refusing to comment on this ‘speculation’, if it is true then the show could be missing out on some of the country’s funniest, most confident people and – yes, potentially some wonderful dancers.
Okay, so Widdy and Paul Daniels were obvs there for the LOL-factor, but there are more than enough talented babyboomers to fill Saturday nights for years to come. Plus, age is but a number - even Carrie Bradshaw will be hitting the big 5-0 next year.
The real problem of course is the word ‘token’, when no one (from any race, gender or age group) should be there to tick a box –just for good old fashioned entertainment.
So, unimaginative casting team, here are my pick of the best representatives of 50 plus-ers. They could dance rings around us all.
1. Mick Jagger
Uh, hello? The song was called Moves Like Jagger for a reason. The snake-hipped bad boy of 1960’s rock ‘n’ roll could teach us all a thing or two about shaking a tail feather. Tess and Claudia would be putty in his hands.
2. Dolly Parton
Yet another Glastonbury headliner, no less. Dolly’s feisty attitude and natural musical talent would surely translate well to the ballroom. (The only problem would be finding a short enough partner – perhaps they could get Vincent back?)
3. Helen Mirren
Look, bikini bodies don’t just happen like that (particularly past 40) so we’re betting that the gorgeous Ms Mirren is a serious gym bunny, and would have no trouble keeping up with a quickstep.
4. Elizabeth McGovern
The rock star slash top dog of Downton Abbey slash woman we most want to look like at 53 could rock a sequin or two. We’d love to see her partnered with Brendan – hello, sexual tension.
5. Olivia Newton John
We’d love to see Liv ‘getting physical’ again – just imagine a live recreation of the Grease fairground dance with Anton in place of Danny. Ace.
6. Pierce Brosnan
James Bond! In a tux! Swaying to Moon River! Need we say more?