BBC bosses are keen to poach two of the X Factor’s biggest stars for their new series it has been reported.
Sources say that producers are desperate to sign both Cheryl Cole and Tulisa Contostavlos for the 2013 run of the dance competition, in a bid to hit back at rival TV show The X Factor.
The two reality TV series’ go head to head each autumn and for the last two years Strictly has consistently won the weekly ratings battle. They are hoping to further their lead this year by signing up two former judges from the ITV singing show it has been claimed.
Cheryl has very much avoided any sort of TV work ever since Simon Cowell sacked her from The X Factor USA back in 2011 and even though he has repeatedly insisted that she is welcome to rejoin the UK show at any time, she has so far refused to make a return.
Cole is a huge Strictly fan and last year was in the studio twice to watch her best friend Kimberley Walsh perform. She also gave a live performance on the show herself.
The BBC source told The Express:
“She was completely entranced by the dancing. She’s an enormous fan, and I think watching Kimberly made her keener than ever. It would be a great coup if we got her.”
Tulisa on the other hand left The X Factor in a much more low key manner but weeks after being dropped she was arrested on suspicion of assisting in a drug deal and is currently on police bail.
The BBC source said: “This could be the ideal way for her to make a fresh start.”
Strictly returns to our screens in September and other stars said to be considering a stint include Tory MP and former I’m A Celebrity contestant Nadine Dorries and football star Fabrice Muamba.
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