Frank Lampard wanted for Strictly
- Bang Showbiz
- 4 March 2017
Former footballer Frank Lampard is at the top of TV bosses' list of dream contestants for the new series of 'Strictly Come Dancing'
Frank Lampard is set to compete on 'Strictly Come Dancing'.
The 38-year-old former footballer has impressed show bosses with his stint on ITV sports comedy panel show 'Play To The Whistle' and they would love to sign him up for the ballroom show, which will return to the BBC later this year.
A source told The Sun Online: "It's the time of the year when the wish list is being drawn up and Frank Lampard is one of the names that ticks all the boxes.
"They would love to have him on board so we will see how things progress in the coming weeks.
"He has impressed people with his hilarious appearances on 'Play To The Whistle' and comes across as a natural for a big TV series like 'Strictly'."
And if he does sign up to compete in the show, Frank - who has daughters Luna, 11, and Isla, nine, with former partner Elen Rivas - can turn to his wife Christine Lampard for help, as the 38-year-old presenter took part in 2008 and finished fifth alongside professional partner Matthew Cutler.
The brunette beauty "had a ball" on the show and according to insiders, would love to see her husband take part.
It was recently claimed former 'EastEnders' star Samantha Womack - who bowed out of the show as Ronnie Mitchell during the festive season - is very close to signing up for 'Strictly'.
A source said: "Sam didn't want to do Strictly while on 'EastEnders' but now she has more time on her hands it was a very appealing offer. It's too early for contracts but she's keen and the show are keen so it's pretty much a done deal."
Bosses were hoping to secure both Samantha and her former on-screen sister Rita Simons - who played Roxy Mitchell in the soap - for the ballroom and latin competition but the 39-year-old actress is keen to pursue gritty film roles instead.
Rita said: "I'm sticking my heels in and saying I want to be a gritty actor. I'm not knocking reality shows but it's time for auditions and films."