Strictly Come Dancing bosses set on signing up Steph McGovern for new same-sex couple — and here's her response

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27 Jun 2022, 09:01

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Could Steph's Packed Lunch presenter Steph McGovern be finally waltzing her way onto Strictly Come Dancing this year? The Channel 4 host - who is thought to have declined the dancing offer twice before - may have had her head turned this time.

According to The Sun, insiders are confident they'll get her on board for the upcoming series this September in a same-sex partnership.

A source told the newspaper: "Steph has the personality and profile which makes her a perfect choice in the eyes of Strictly producers.

"They completely understood why she's had to say no in the past. She was just establishing Packed Lunch on Channel 4 and wanted to give that her complete attention.

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"But now it is a firm fixture in the schedules. It was nominated for a BAFTA earlier this year and only last month it was announced it had been recommissioned and will run into 2023."

Probed about it by the gang on today’s edition of Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, Steph kept her poker face as she said: “Never say never!”

She added: “I’ve turned it down in the past, never say never.”

Strictly judge Anton Du Beke, who was appearing on Packed Lunch today, said to her: “If you did Strictly Come Dancing now, after me asking you to dance it with me for about 12 years and you saying no, now that you’d dance it with one of the young, firm boys… I’d be your worst judge ever.”

In response, Steph joked: “You see, the thing is, that’s what holding me back. I would worry you’d be too compromised because you’d want to give me 10 all the time.”

She continued: “I’ve been trying to get it out of Anton who’s going to be on it this year and he’s like ‘No, I’m not telling you!’”

Guest Denise van Outen asked Steph: “Are we watching this space then, Steph?”

Steph said: “Never say never.”

A cha-cha-change will do her good?

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4 and All 4.