Julien Macdonald to join Joe McElderry, Vanessa Feltz, Diane Youdale, Sophie Ellis Bextor on Strictly Come Dancing 2013?


Julien Macdonald is the latest star linked to this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC One dance show returns to our screens for it’s brand new series next month and it’s been reported that the camp designer and former Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model judge is being added to the lineup.

Julien once hit the headlines after a row with X Factor star Cheryl Cole, after he branded her a ‘chav’ at a party and it’s thought that bosses want this outspoken quality on the 2013 run and think that he could bring his own brand of ‘camp fun’ to the series.

The 42-year-old has dressed stars such as Joely Richardson, Dannii Minogue, Geri Halliwell, Dame Shirley Bassey, Carmen Electra, Naomi Campbell, Beyoncé Knowles, Bonnie Tyler and Selena Gomez to name a few and would be quite the catch for the Beeb, however it’s been claimed that he has yet to ink his final deal and is still in negotiations.

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An insider told The Sun:

“Julien would be great fun and producers hope he would bring his celeb mates to cheer him on.”

Other stars such as former X Factor winner Joe McElderry, singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor, TV presenter Vanessa Feltz, former Gladiators star Diane Youdale and model Abbey Clancy are also reportedly on the lineup for the new series.

It was revealed this week that the stars may not all attract the same bumper payout and will instead be paid depending on how far they get in the series, giving them a real incentive to put the hours in at the rehearsal studio.


Each celebrity will get a standard £25,000 payment, but if they can survive the public vote until October this will be boosted to £40,000 and anyone who makes the quarter finals in November will see their pay packet hitting £60,000.

Only five couples will make the semi finals and each of these will land a £75,000 payment, with the winner taking a whopping £100,000 at the end of the series.

Are you excited about the new run? Leave your comments below….

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!


  1. N on August 16, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    It’s Bextor, not Bexter.

  2. Sandy on August 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I would like to see Joe McElderry on my TV every week for a while again (although, if he was singing I would like it much better than just dancing)but how on earth is he going to be on a show that is live on TV on saturdays when he has shows on saturdays in mid september, then end of october and then in november? surely he wouldn’t have planned all these shows on saturdays if he was on a tv show. Unless it’s a fix and they already know that he will not be on the show anymore? We wouldn’t let him go out that quickly though. They should know that too 😀

  3. Sarah Louise Mizen on August 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I hope Joe is on it but he is doing shows in september and october and november 🙁 so I don’t think he will be 🙁 oh well thats a shame 🙁

  4. Sarah Louise Mizen on August 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I would defiantly love Joe to do it but it is a hardish style of dance but I know he’ll be brilliant at it 😀 I’ve seen him in concert twice now and I know he is a great mover

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