Rio Ferdinand is being courted to take part in Strictly Come Dancing, his TV pundit colleague Gabby Logan has revealed.
Sports host Gabby, 47, who herself appeared on the dancing series in 2007, says she has been trying to convince the former footballer after he shared that the show bosses have approached him to sign up.
Speaking on her Mid Point podcast with Strictly presenter Tess Daly, Gabby gushed that Rio would be a great contestant on the hit show and shared that she “almost” got him keen on the idea of taking part.
Former international rhythmic gymnast Gabby told: “I was trying to persuade Rio Ferdinand. You need to get your producers on to him. I almost had him.
“He said, ‘Did you really enjoy it?’ I said, ‘How often do they ask you?’ He said, ‘Every year’. He’d be incredible, and he’s a dancer!”
Gabby then told Tess that Rio attended ballet school as a child which led to Tess saying: “He would have a natural grace.
“He’d make it look good. That’s a great starting point. Welcome Rio, 2021.”
This week, Strictly judge Shirley Ballas has confirmed that Strictly Come Dancing is set to return this year with 13 episodes.
The 60-year-old is confident that the show will resume to how it was pre-Covid after safety measurements were implemented into the show last year.
Appearing on Cameo, Shirley was hit with questions from curious fans over this year’s highly-anticipated show.
“Just a little something: I heard they’re trying to do all 13 episodes this year,” she told fans.
“Last time we had nine. We’re trying to get 13 shows on. I think they’re getting used to the Covid thing.”
The show was thrown into chaos when bosses had to enforce unprecedented changed to ensure a safe Strictly stage in 2020.
For the first time in the show’s history, judges were barred from sitting at the same panel, and instead had to sit to sit at three socially-distanced desks.
What’s more, professional dancers and their celebrity partners were forced to form a bubble together – meaning they were unable to spend time with family members and anyone else outside their bubble.
The audience was also reduced – with the usual packed stage being transformed into a socially-distanced affair.
Last year’s show saw judge Bruno Tonioli miss the series after not being able to fly from the UK to the US in between shows.
Instead, he had to make a handful of appearances via video link – something he had never done before.