Strictly bosses want to sign up celebrity drag artist Baga Chipz for this year’s series

LIFE is set to become a real drag for Strictly Come Dancing, as show chiefs look for a very special lady to star on this year’s show.

Bosses at the BBC1 contest want to continue shaking up the conventional man and woman partnerships that viewers have become used to.

So this year they want to sign up a celebrity drag artist and already have The Vivienne and Baga Chipz in their sights.

A TV insider said: “There’s been a real shift in thinking on this in recent years, with contests having same sex partners appearing more and more.

“But Strictly producers always try to do things a little bit differently, so they want to introduce a drag artist to shake up perceptions even further.

“It could mean that the drag artist in question performs dressed as a man or dressed as a woman – and that’s before considering whether they’re paired up with a male or female pro. There are endless possibilities, all of them exciting.”


In 2020, Dancing on Ice had pop star Ian “H” Watkins paired up with Matt Evers on the ITV show. Also last year, former boxer Nicola Adams formed a duo with Katya Jones on Strictly.

But signing up a drag artist would be the boldest change of direction yet.

Naturally the producers have looked to RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, the BBC Three contest which provided the launch pad for The Vivienne and Baga Chipz.

After seeing Craig Revel Horwood drag up to play Knickerbocker Glory on The Masked Dancer, I don’t see why Strictly can’t do the same kind of thing.


Really made in Chelsea

FORMER Made In Chelsea stars Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor are expecting their second baby.

The couple, who already have daughter Sienna, one, said on Insta: “We are so excited to announce that Sienna is going to be a big Sister! Baby 2 is due later this year.”

FLEUR: I’M A-VOIDING ASHLEY

CONTESTANTS on new ITV game show The Void are supposed to get hands on.

But for hosts Fleur East and Ashley Banjo it was the total opposite – as they were slapped with a rehearsal ban because of Covid restrictions.

Speaking about the new series, which starts next month, Hits Radio host Fleur said: “Ashley and I were socially distanced the whole time.

"We’d never worked together until we got on camera the first day. That was pretty scary.

“We were like mates watching all these people take on these obstacles, laughing our heads off.

“Having radio experience helps because you have to think on your feet all the time.”

Rise and shine

SUNDAY Brunch’s theme tune took an X-rated turn yesterday as the subtitle system changed the usual lyrics.

Fans noticed how the line “The sun comes up, I fill my cup,” inexplicably changed to “The sun comes up, I feel my c**k.”

One viewer tweeted: “On a Sunday morning! I was shocked!”

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