Joe Wicks vows he won't do 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Julia Hunt
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Joe Wicks pictured at the Grange Hotel, London, during a press day for Moe-Joe, a fitness audio show by Audible to help train non-runners get ready for the Virgin Money 2018 Marathon. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Joe Wicks during a press day (Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment)

Joe Wicks fans hoping to see him slipping into sequins and spandex for Strictly Come Dancing will be disappointed to hear that he has vowed not to do the show.

The fitness guru – aka The Body Coach - has been tipped to be among the stars taking part in the next series of the BBC ballroom competition.

But Wicks insisted that although Strictly bosses have been pursuing him, fans aren’t likely to see him on the dancefloor any time soon as he is happier at home with his wife and two children.

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He also suggested it isn’t just Strictly, but any celebrity reality shows that are off the cards.

“Strictly have always been asking me but I am 100 per cent not doing Strictly or celebrity whatever it may be,” The Sun quoted Wicks as saying.

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“I am happy being at home with Rosie, Indie and Marley and that is it.”

Wicks might be too busy for reality TV right now anyway, thanks to the popularity of his daily workout sessions.

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The star has been holding weekday fitness sessions for children who are off school as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The sessions have been hugely popular, with kids and adults across the country tuning in.

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The future of Strictly’s 2020 series has been hanging in the balance amid the coronavirus lockdown, but in recent weeks many of those involved with the show have indicated it is likely to go ahead.

Craig Revel Horwood (left), Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli (right) arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2019, held at BBC TV Centre in London, UK. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Strictly judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse, Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli at the launch of the 2019 series (Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Zoe Ball – who hosts spin-off It Takes Two said she believes it will still air although it may be “slightly different”, and judge Craig Revel Horwood has revealed there are “contingency plans” in place for it to go ahead.

He told ITV’s Lorraine: "There's a contingency plan in place with the producers to bring it to the nation and of course it is such a wonderful show, such a happy show, everyone knows it's the lead up to Christmas.

“People want to feel good about themselves and what better way of doing that then dancing, so yeah we are keeping our fingers crossed."

Other names linked to this year’s series of Strictly include Maya Jama, Michelle Keegan and Jamie Laing, who was supposed to take part last year but had to pull out due to an injury.