Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

The search for the cast of Strictly Come Dancing 2019 has already begun.

Stacey Dooley is the most recent celeb to lift the coveted Glitterball trophy after winning the 2018 series alongside her professional partner Kevin Clifton.

The win meant just as much to him, with the dancer finally claiming victory on his fifth time in the BBC One show’s live final.

But now that the series is over and done with, the search for the cast of 2019 is underway.

So who have bosses got their eye on?

Here’s the latest stars rumoured to be signing up for the show…

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Chris Evans

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

Chris Evans is the first name confirmed for Strictly 2019
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Chris Evans has confirmed that he will be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2019 – becoming the first name to throw his hat in the ring.

This comes just after Alan Carr was revealed to be in talks with the BBC dancing programme’s bosses.

Appearing on The One Show in December 2018, the 52-year-old BBC Radio 2 host opened up to presenter Alex Jones.

Alex began by saying: "If rumours are to be believed you won’t have time to do panto next year. Can you confirm or deny that you’ll be on Strictly?"

"Well, I have said yes," he confirmed.

Louis Theroux

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

Louis Theroux has joked that he wants to be on Strictly
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Documentary maker Louis Theroux got his fans very excited when he suggested he could be getting his dancing shoes on in 2019.

The star, famous for taking on controversial topics for his films, joked that he was the next winner of the show as he congratulated Stacey Dooley on her victory.

Taking to Twitter, he said: "Congrats, @ StaceyDooley ! Me next! (JK)."

The official Strictly account was quick to respond, sending back a phone emoji.

Louis’ fans got incredibly excited by the idea.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

His fans desperately want it to happen
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"PETITION FOR THIS TO BE A THING," one said.

While another told him: "I’d pay all my money in votes for you to be on strictly. No ifs, no buts."

"Please be the sort of joke where you’re joking but you kinda not at the same time," another said.

And one follower asked him: "Pls do strictly while simultaneously making a documentary series about doing strictly"

Alan Carr

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

Alan Carr is in talks with BBC producers
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Comedian Alan Carr confirmed he was in talks to take part in the show during an appearance on Loose Women.

But he admitted there’s something about the contest that he really hates.

He told the panel: "Oh my, listen. Listen! I will do it but next year I’ve got a busy year, I’m going on tour!

"They cornered me and they said, ‘Would you do it?’ and I would do it but I hate those VTs where you know, ‘We’re doing Salsa so we’re off to a dips factory’, you know what I mean?

"They go to Chester Zoo or a museum, but I’m like, I need to be in the studio now doing the Argentine Tango. Step away from the rhino – I want to stick a rose in my mouth and do the thing!"

Jodie Comer

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve
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The stand-out Killing Eve star is rumoured to be taking a break from murdering people in any number of gruesome ways to get her spray-tan on.

Jodie plays psychopathic killer Villanelle opposite Sandra Oh’s Eve Polastri in the acclaimed BBC America thriller, which will return for a second series spring 2019.

But BBC bosses are said to be desperate to get her signed up to Strictly, believing she’ll be a big pull with the voting audience.

Sadly, Jodie reckons she’s not up to the standard required.

"They were like, ‘Maybe next year, Jodie?’ I was like, ‘Mmm, no, I don’t think so!’," she joked.

Strictly Come Dancing 2019 line-up: Chris Evans first name confirmed and more rumours

Jodie was spotted in the Strictly audience for the 2018 final
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"I’d embarrass myself, definitely!"

However, she was spotted in the audience of the Strictly final in December 2018, watching on as close friend Stacey lifted the Glitterball.

"I went with my mum and my nan because my nan is a Strictly superfan," she said.

"It was a once in a lifetime for her so it was really fun."

*Strictly Come Dancing returns in autumn 2019 to BBC One.

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