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For a number of celebrities, the concept of studying a brand new talent, boosting your public profile and stepping out of your consolation zone is a big draw when Strictly Come Dancing come calling.

Nevertheless, not everybody finds the concept of the Strictly ballroom so irresistible.

Certainly, yearly massive names from the worlds of music, TV, sport and politics flip the BBC down flat. Listed here are 21 of these stars who gave Strictly the thumbs down, and their causes for saying no…

Gyles Brandreth

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The Movie star Gogglebox star and Countdown common has spoken candidly about turning down Strictly down on a number of events, revealing there’s one main factor holding him again from saying sure.

I ain’t received rhythm… I REALLY ain’t received rhythm,” he tweeted in August 2022.

Diane Abbott

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It appears that evidently Gyles isn’t the one one to have refused Strictly on account of issues about dancing in public.

When Jacqui Smith signed up for the present in 2020, Diane Abbott admitted she’d additionally been approached up to now, however wasn’t .

You’ll be stunned to know I’m not somebody with pure rhythm and I didn’t need it uncovered to thousands and thousands of tv viewers,” the Labour MP commented on the time.

Steph McGovern

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The daytime favorite told HuffPost UK in 2022 that she’d been approached about signing up for Strictly Come Dancing a number of occasions, however had by no means been capable of make it work with her schedule.

“I like the present and so lots of my mates have been on it and so they’ve all beloved it,” the Steph’s Packed Lunch host mentioned. “If I do it, I wish to completely decide to it and as issues stand, it could be close to on not possible. I’d fear about my little girl and never seeing her for therefore lengthy.

“It’s fascinating as a result of the very first time I used to be requested to do it was in all probability once I ought to have carried out it, however then I had a child. I’ll all the time say by no means say by no means however I’d simply wish to give it my all if I ever do it.”

Piers Morgan

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The previous Good Morning Britain host told The Sun in 2018 that he has no want to “humiliate” himself on Strictly, regardless of the obvious huge quantities of cash he claimed producers have been prepared to supply him.

“Dancing isn’t for me,” Piers defined. “They’ve supplied me huge sums of cash to go and humiliate myself on nationwide TV.

“However I desire to do it with a bottle of Jack Daniel’s within the privateness of my own residence.”

Melanie C

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Nevertheless, Sporty Spice has a reasonably completely different expertise of being supplied a spot on the Strictly dance flooring to Piers.

“I’ve had a gathering with them – they ask me yearly to do it,” she told the Daily Star. “The issue is should you do Strictly it’s so excessive profile and also you’ll end up within the [Daily Mail’s] sidebar of disgrace daily. And the cash’s shit!”

Melanie later adopted within the footsteps of bandmate Mel B by appearing on the US version of the show, Dancing With The Stars, in 2021, the place she and companion Gleb Savchenko (ahhh, bear in mind him?) completed in 11th place.

Patrick Stewart

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In 2017, the Star Trek legend was guest hosting Have I Got News For You when he let slip that he was a Strictly fan, and had even thought-about signing up for it when the BBC made him a suggestion.

It’s a beautiful present, it’s pleasant. I wished to [do it] at first,” he defined, earlier than cryptically including: “After which the tone, it modified considerably, and I assumed…. yeah, I’ll move.”

Daybreak French

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On their podcast Titting Around, the Vicar Of Dibley star informed comedy companion Jennifer Saunders she’d solely be up for participating on Strictly on one situation.

“If I did it, I’d wish to correctly dance. I’d wish to be taken critically and you may’t. At this age, you’re not taken critically,” she claimed.

“I need the nicest attire, essentially the most elegant different dancer and to take it critically, and no person would need that.”

Jennifer agreed: ’We’re up for making individuals snort. We’re less than be laughed at, that’s the massive distinction.”

Daybreak reiterated this level in 2022, telling Graham Norton on his talk show: “I might need been requested to do Strictly, however I worry I’d be considered the humorous one and made to do foolish issues.

“I take dancing critically and I want to do correct dancing.”

Alan Carr

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In the meantime, fellow comedian Alan Carr had a reasonably x-rated concern that led to him saying no to Strictly.

He revealed on his podcast Life’s A Beach: “I get requested about what I take into consideration same-sex dancing and I say no… I say no as a result of I’d get a lob on if I dance with Aljaž [Škorjanec] or Gorka [Marquez].

“If I get on a bus, the vibrations make me onerous. So doing the Argentine tango, neglect it – that’s a horny dance.”

He did agree with Daybreak in a earlier interview with Radio Times, although, insisting: “They all the time ask me to do Strictly and I say no as a result of I wish to be attractive doing the Argentine tango; I don’t wish to be a joke.”

Nadiya Hussain

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Not like fellow Bake Off winner John Whaite, Nadiya declined Strictly’s supply to be taught to bounce, as she merely loves the present an excessive amount of.

“I received requested to do Strictly, however I mentioned no,” she informed The Guardian. “I like the concept, however haven’t any rhythm and I take pleasure in watching it an excessive amount of; when you see how a programme works from the within, it adjustments the way you see it. That’s why I can’t watch Bake Off like I used to.”

Mary Berry

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“My husband and youngsters would kill me!” she told Radio Times in 2016. “I’ve two left toes and would make a horrible idiot of myself.”

Alan Titchmarsh

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Gardening skilled Alan mentioned he prefers a comfy evening in entrance of the field to being on it today.

“I’ve been requested to go on each Strictly and I’m A Movie star and also you gained’t see me on both,” he insisted in 2021.

“I’m very flattered to have been requested, however all issues thought-about, I’d reasonably sit down and watch Doc Martin, which my youngsters name ‘outdated fogey tv’. I’m pleased to be an outdated fogey.”

Maya Jama

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Again in 2018, the Glow Up host revealed she declined the chance to look on Strictly as she felt she’d be one of many lesser-known contestants.

“I don’t assume now’s the proper time, possibly later in life,” she informed Good Morning Britain.

Two years later, she told Hello! magazine: “I like a dance, so I wouldn’t say no eternally.”

Greg James

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Throughout 2020’s “pandemic” collection, a number of celebs who’d beforehand turned Strictly down as a result of they have been too busy discovered themselves with a freer schedule, and subsequently signed up.

Nevertheless, Greg was not certainly one of them.

Though Strictly did make him a suggestion, the Radio 1 host said the last 12 months had left him “too tired” to say yes.

Kate Humble

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Kate Humble

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Not like lots of the stars on this listing, the Springwatch host received fairly far by the method of attempting out for Strictly, solely to vary her thoughts when issues began getting a little bit bit too actual.

“My agent phoned me as much as inform me Strictly wished me to do the present,” she informed The Mirror in 2017. “I hooted with laughter on the thought after which went again in to inform the Springwatch staff what I had been requested to do. They checked out me and mentioned ‘you must do Strictly’. It began to make me surprise if I used to be being actually silly as it’s such an ideal present.”

Kate continued: “After we received to the assembly, the extra speak there was of sequins, make-up and It Takes Two, the extra I may really feel myself pouring with sweat… I used to be actually about to have a panic assault on the considered carrying make-up and attire! My agent realised and gently put her hand on my knee as if to say ‘it’s OK, don’t fear’.”

Matt Willis

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The Busted star informed OK! magazine in 2021 that he’d rebuffed Strictly each time they got here knocking as a result of “stress” of being on stay TV.

“The thought of Strictly terrifies me,” he admitted. “I’ve been requested a number of occasions and all the time mentioned no. Are you able to think about standing there and immediately you hear: ‘Tonight, dancing the cha-cha-cha, it’s Matt Willis!’

“You realize one thing like 12 million individuals are watching – no thanks.”

His wife Emma Willis claimed in 2016: “He’s a tremendous dancer… however I don’t need him grinding in opposition to sizzling girls. I do get jealous, however I feel that’s regular.”

Noel Edmonds

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In the meantime, it appears Noel additionally couldn’t shake the notorious Strictly “curse” from his thoughts when the BBC got here knocking.

He previously claimed: “I’ve been requested to do Strictly. [Noel’s wife] is a fully-trained singer and dancer and a few years in the past she mentioned, ‘Why don’t we cheat? Why don’t we are saying you’re a novice and I’ll educate you earlier than’.

“Then I feel there was a kind of curse moments and I mentioned to her, ‘Are you comfy with me spending 5 or 6 days per week with a half-naked lady draped throughout me?’ And it’s humorous how the dialog simply modified.”

He added: “I’d be a cross between Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant. However in my head I’m Fred Astaire. I don’t know why, nothing works — it’s hopeless, so I’d by no means do it.”

Louis Walsh

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Again within the days when X Factor and Strictly have been nonetheless thought-about TV rivals, long-serving decide Louis admitted that there was a time he got here near leaping ship, throughout certainly one of his and Simon Cowell’s quite a few spats.

He informed Warmth journal in 2007: “The humorous factor was, the day earlier than the decision from The X Issue [asking him to return], I received a name to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing! I assumed: ‘I’d like to do it, simply to harass Simon!’.”

Michelle Keegan

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Undoubtedly one of many most-rumoured celebs in Strictly historical past, Michelle is known as within the press as a possible contestant pretty much every single year, however has by no means truly made it into the ballroom but.

I’ve [been asked] a number of occasions,” she informed Jonathan Ross in 2021. “However for me, it’s the stay viewers… it’s a talent. It takes plenty of dedication and talent.

“[Mark Wright, Michelle’s husband] did it, like, 5 years in the past. It’s the music earlier than it occurs and the viewers is actually quiet and the lights come on. My coronary heart was in my mouth for him. I couldn’t be on the dance flooring, I’d be too scared, too nervous.”

Gordon Ramsay

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Though the TV chef’s daughter Tilly Ramsay made a giant impression on Strictly in 2021, the person himself is much less eager to participate, even refusing a one-off appearance in the Christmas special.

“I’d like to do it, although,” he admitted. “Secretly, I’d like to do it. I’ve all the time wished to bounce.”

Noel Gallagher

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It is a powerful one to think about, however the former Oasis star was contacted about participating throughout what he described as his interval of “not doing something”.

“It was simply when Oasis break up up and I didn’t do something for like a few years,” he recalled to BBC Radio 6. “There’s clearly somebody there going ‘You realize what. He’ll be up for it now. He’ll be determined now’.

“My supervisor known as me up, saying I don’t actually wish to, legally, I’ve to tell you of this. Are you conscious of Strictly Come Dancing?’. ‘Eeeeeeee, the telephone goes’.”

Meghan Markle

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OK, we’d in all probability take this one with a pinch of salt, but it surely was too good to not embody anyway.

In Tom Bower’s book Revenge: Meghan, Harry And The War Between The Windsors, the creator claimed that the longer term Duchess of Sussex first travelled to the UK in 2013, the place she apparently arrange an audition for Strictly.

Sadly, she was nonetheless performing in Fits on the time, and her schedule – which required her to be within the US for 9 months out of the yr – meant she needed to “reluctantly” decline.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for its landmark 20th collection in September.