BBC Strictly Come Dancing's huge 'signing' breaks silence and admits 'reason' they couldn't appear

Chris McCausland on The One Show
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Chris McCausland has broken his silence on rumours he has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing. The blind comedian was appearing on The One Show on Friday night (June 7) when he was questioned about the rumours he is taking part in the show this year.

As host Alex Jones insisted she wouldn't ask him if he was taking part, Chris appeared to put a dampener on fans' hopes that he will be appearing on the BBC dancefloor. Discussing his dancing experience, Chris, 46, said: "I'm a child of the 90s grunge scene and I grew up with rock and metal and headbanging and moshpits and crowdsurfing. That is the extent [of my dancing experience]."

He then joked: "I don't think the BBC could afford the insurance. I'd take out three cameras a week."

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It comes after BBC bosses were said to have secured a deal with the comedian to appear on the show in 2024. Chris is also known to TV viewers as Rudi in the CBeebies show Me Too! and for his Channel 4 travel documentary Wonders of the World I Can't See.

Chris lost his sight 24 years ago due to a hereditary condition known as retinitis pigmentosa. The Liverpool-born star, who is married to Patricia and father to 10 year old daughter Sophie, became blind at just 22.

Speaking in an interview before his appearance on Channel 4's Scared Of The Dark last year, he said: "I'm blind but I don't see black. I still see light and space, I still have an awareness of the space around me, not in terms of objects and things, but in terms of the room and whether there might be something in front of me.

"It just gives you that awareness that you're taking that away from me. I'm a slave to my iPhone like everybody else. So on paper you go, 'Well, I should nail this,' but in one area I should be more practically adjusted."