Strictly Come Dancing: Chris Evans has said 'yes' to appearing on the show in 2019

'My wife can go and have a great time and I will be terrified backstage'

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Thursday 20 December 2018 08:21
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Chris Evans has left his Radio 2 Breakfast Show
Chris Evans has left his Radio 2 Breakfast Show

Chris Evans has seemingly confirmed rumours that he will appear on Strictly Come Dancing next year.

The radio presenter, who will be moving back to Virgin Radio in January, revealed on Wednesday (19 December) that he has met with the producers of the BBC series and said “yes” to appearing on the show – although he has not yet signed up officially.

Appearing on The One Show, host Alex Jones quizzed Evans: “If rumours are to be believed, Chris Evans, you probably won’t have time to do panto next year. Can you deny or confirm that you will be on Strictly?”

He replied: “Well, I have said yes, I have said yes.” He then joked he only wants to take part in the show so his wife, Natasha Shishmanian, can get tickets: “So you and my wife can go and have a great time and I will be terrified backstage.”

Evans, whose final show for BBC Radio 2 will broadcast on 24 December, said he met the commissioning editor of Strictly for a cup of tea and was warned, “it’s not as easy as maybe you imagine it will be”.

The 52-year-old added: “I think what’s funny about it, everyone puts it off and tries and keep it a secret. No, announce now, we’re doing it now.”

Evans announced in September that he was quitting BBC Radio 2 and returning to Virgin, almost 20 years after he left. During his One Show appearance, he revealed his new programme will start on 21 January.

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