Christine Bleakley for Strictly?

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 June 2010
Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley

Christine Bleakley has reportedly been offered ''first refusal'' to replace Tess Daly as the presenter of the next series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Christine Bleakley has reportedly being lined up to present 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 31-year-old presenter has apparently been given "first refusal" to replace current host Tess Daly on the next series of the ballroom dancing reality show - as part of a new job package presented to her in a bid to keep her at the BBC.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Christine has a glittering future ahead of her at the BBC. The ultimate aim is to see her become the face of Saturday night television. She's in the running to move onto 'Strictly Come Dancing'."

Christine was offered a reported £6 million four-year deal to recreate her partnership with Adrian on ITV's new daytime TV show, but BBC chiefs insist she was never swayed by the money.

Instead, the brunette beauty has apparently been offered a £2 million contract to front the BBC's 2012 Olympic coverage.

She recently said: "I'm so happy here. I'm staying put, absolutely. I don't want to go anywhere."

The Irish presenter is reportedly in negotiations to sign a new deal with the network - where she currently fronts 'The One Show' - who are desperate to keep her when her current contract expires in October.

The source added: "What has ITV put on the table? The chance to get up every morning at some unearthly hour to present breakfast television."

Christine appeared in the 2008 series of 'Strictly Come Dancing', where she was paired with Matthew Cutler.

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