Rylan Clark wants to join EastEnders

Rylan would love to do EastEnders credit:Bang Showbiz
Rylan would love to do EastEnders credit:Bang Showbiz

Rylan Clark would love to join ‘EastEnders’.

The ‘Strictly: It Takes Two’ presenter wants to land a role on the soap - which is set in the fictional London borough of Walford - as a “long-lost” relative of the Slater family, which has featured the likes of Kat (Jessie Wallace), Stacey (Lacey Turner) and Big Mo (Laila Morse).

After being asked about his dream gig, the 33-year-old television personality told The Sun newspaper's TVBiz column: “'EastEnders'! I’d love to be a long-lost Slater.”

Meanwhile, Rylan also enthused about the return of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ - the long-running star-studded BBC One Latin and ballroom competition - and admitted it felt “amazing” to be returning to screens this weekend with new crop of contestants such as Ellie Taylor, Bros star Matt Goss and Helen Skelton.

He said: “It feels so amazing to be back. Being part of the show for the last four years has been such a pleasure for me.

The BBC Radio 2 presenter called it “an honour” to be included in the 20th anniversary celebration of the show - along with his co-host of the weekday spin-off show Janette Manrara, who previously worked as a professional on the show.

Rylan added: “To be part of it for such a big anniversary is an honour. Me and Janette will be bringing Strictly into your homes five nights a week.

“You can expect all the backstage gossip and exclusive clips from the rehearsals.”

Janette - who is married to fellow ‘Strictly’ pro Aljaz Skorjanec, 32 - admitted she “couldn’t be happier” to be coming back for a second year on the companion show after she took over from Zoe Ball last season.

The 38-year-old dancer said: “It was a dream come true for me last year. To be back for my second year, I couldn’t be happier.

“The 20th series feels like it will be a very special one, so I’m absolutely honoured to still be a part of such an amazing show.

“I have always been a fan of Strictly, even when I was competing in it. To now be a proper fan, and also provide that space where the couples get to share their joy and frustrations with us and the audience, is really special.”