Chris Whitty 'lined up for Strictly Come Dancing'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 April 2021
Janette Manrara

Janette Manrara

England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and his deputy Jonathan Van-Tam are said to be among the "stars of the pandemic" being considered for this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Chris Whitty is being lined up for this year's 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

Show bosses are said to be keen to sign up England's Chief Medical Officer for the 2021 series, and they are also considering his deputy Jonathan Van-Tam – who was previously backed for 'Strictly' by pro dancer Janette Manrara – and Kate Bingham, chair of the UK vaccine taskforce.

A show insider said: "Eighteen months ago Chris Whitty, Jonathan Van-Tam and Kate Bingham were utter unknowns.

"Today they’re practically household names. After all the doom and gloom of Covid, it would be brilliant viewing to get one of these three out of their suits and into some sparkles.

"Chris is top of the list, and discreet enquiries will be made over the next few weeks."

'Strictly' bosses were also thought to be considering the possibility of signing up Health Secretary Matt Hancock, but such a move has been shelved due to his "hectic schedule".

The insider added to The Sun newspaper: "Unfortunately it’s been made clear Matt Hancock’s hectic schedule won’t allow for a weekly waltz – so he’s been ruled out."

In February, Janette backed calls for Deputy Chief Medical Officer Van-Tam to appear on the 2021 'Strictly' series.

She said: "If we had Ed Balls, we've had Ann Widdecombe then why not. Bring him on."

And the 37-year-old star – whose husband is fellow pro Aljaž Škorjanec – has also thought of the perfect partner for Jonathan, her fellow 'Strictly' dancer Nadiya Bychkova.

She added: "It comes down to height, and styles.

"I feel like he could be really good in ballroom because he's quite elegant.

"And he's quite tall, but definitely taller than me so I know I'm out of the picture straight away.

"I think I would put him with Nadiya, because she's a classy, beautiful woman. She'll take him through all the ballroom really lovely.

"She's a gorgeous ballroom dancer."

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