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Strictly bosses don’t tell Claudia Winkleman line-up after she ‘leaked list’

Strictly Come Dancing bosses aim to keep the line-up a secret every year but, frustratingly for BBC bosses, it is more often than not leaked.

And it looks like they no longer trust one of their hosts to keep it a top secret.

Appearing on This Morning today, presenter Claudia Winkeman revealed that she was no longer told the list until after the press is told.

After being pressed for information as to who was taking part in this year’s Strictly, she revealed: "Well they now tell me after they tell the press."

Holly quipped that it was like her with Dancing On Ice.

Claudia continued: "One year it was very secret – lock the door, phones off, eyes down, here’s who’s doing it.

"And I went, ‘Gotcha, don’t tell anyone.’ Got in the lift at the BBC, went down and somebody went, ‘Oh yeah, you do the Strictly show, do you know who’s doing it?’ Said the whole list of names.

"Afterwards they said, ‘She’s a bit leaky’."

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Chris Evans became the first name to be confirmed last year just after Alan Carr was confirmed to be in talks to take part.

Appearing on The One Show in December 2018, the 52-year-old BBC Radio 2 host opened up to presenter Alex Jones.

Alex began by saying: "If rumours are to be believed you won’t have time to do panto next year. Can you confirm or deny that you’ll be on Strictly?"

"Well, I have said yes," he confirmed.

*This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV

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