EastEnders’ Emma Barton is reportedly the latest star to sign up for the forthcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The 42-year-old actress, who has played Honey Mitchell on the BBC soap since 2005, has allegedly told the show’s bosses that she wants to ‘focus on training in order to have the best chance of winning’ the Glitterball.
‘Emma was prepared to quit Albert Square in order to dedicate her time to Strictly, but scriptwriters are trying to think of ways to write her out for a few months instead,’ a source told The Sun.
‘She is very musical, has natural rhythm, and is sure to do well. She’s also come from a bit of a dance background, so is hopeful this could open new doors.’
Strictly Come Dancing has refused to comment on line-up speculation.
Emma’s character Honey is currently caught up in a tense love triangle in Walford, as her boyfriend Adam (played by Stephen Rahman-Hughes) is having an affair with Habiba Ahmed (Rukku Nahar) – despite making long-term plans with her.
If the rumours are true, Emma could be competing against the likes of 60-year-old Welsh actress and broadcaster Anneka Rice onto the dance floor.
‘She’s a TV institution and a familiar face to viewers who’ll be rooting for her. Anneka is in great shape and can’t wait to strut her stuff,’ an insider added to the publication.
Meanwhile, other speculative new additions to the series include Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, who could break the show’s long-held rule of no reality stars, and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.
Strictly this year will see Motsi Mabuse stepping into Darcey Bussell’s shoes for the first time as the new judge on the panel.
She’ll be joined by resident judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli.
Strictly Come Dancing is expected to return to the BBC later this year.
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