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Matt Hancock backed to join Strictly 2024 cast

The controversial ex-health secretary's time on reality TV may not be done yet.

Matt Hancock in Celebrity SAS Who Dares Wins (Channel 4)
Could Matt Hancock swap the jungle for the dancefloor? (Channel 4)

If you thought the end of Celebrity SAS was the last we would see of Matt Hancock on reality TV, you could be in for a shock when Strictly 2024's cast hit the ballroom.

The disgraced former health secretary reached the final of Channel 4's Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins and has previously taken part in ITV's I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, but bookies are now predicting that he could soon add a flagship BBC show to his CV.

William Hill are predicting odds of 5/1 for Hancock to join next year's Strictly Come Dancing cast as his reality TV pivot continues, and that isn't the only TV show the bookies think he could sign up for.

Gareth Gates, Matt Hancock and Danielle Lloyd made the final task (Channel 4)
Gareth Gates, Matt Hancock and Danielle Lloyd made the final of Celebrity SAS. (Channel 4)

They also gave odds of 6/1 for him to host ITV Racing, and 16/1 for joining the This Morning presenter line-up and the cast of EastEnders.

Spokesperson for William Hill Lee Phelps said: "Off the back of Matt Hancock’s third place finish in this year’s SAS Who Dares Wins, we expect the former health secretary to continue his TV journey into 2024, with an appearance on next year’s Strictly Come Dancing his most likely destination at 5/1.

"Hancock is also known to be a horse racing fan and we make him 6/1 to join the ITV Racing team at some point next year.

"He may be Cheshire-born, but Hancock is 16/1 to fulfil an acting role and appear as a permanent cast member on EastEnders, whilst the same odds apply for him to be the new face of This Morning."

Matt Hancock previously took part in I'm A Celebrity. (ITV)
Matt Hancock previously took part in I'm A Celebrity. (ITV)

I'm A Celebrity viewers were outraged to see Hancock join the 2022 camp following his actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which included controversial policies for care home residents and breaking his own social distancing rules by having an affair with his aide Gina Coladangelo.

He had filmed his Celebrity SAS series before going into the jungle and although he did not pass selection, he was second runner up to Gareth Gates.

The politician has also set up his own media company, suggesting he is hoping for a long-running career in entertainment.

Former health secretary Matt Hancock and Gina Coladangelo arrives for The Spectator's Summer Party at the magazine's offices in central London. Picture date: Wednesday July 5, 2023. (Photo by Lucy North/PA Images via Getty Images)
Matt Hancock with his partner Gina Coladangelo. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Matt Hancock's TV odds according to William Hill:

  • Strictly Come Dancing 2024 contestant - 5/1

  • ITV Racing 2024 host - 6/1

  • EastEnders permanent cast member in 2024 - 16/1

  • This Morning permanent host in 2024 - 16/1

  • Banged Up 2024 cast - 33/1

  • Detectives: Taking Down an OCG narrator in 2024 - 100/1

  • Perform on Jools Holland's Hootenanny NYE 2023 - 100/1

  • 24 Hours in A&E episode narrator - 100/1

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