Olympic star Louis Smith set for Strictly Come Dancing – Daily TV round-up

British artistic gymnast Louis Smith joins the long list of possible 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestants

Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is set for a spot on 'Strictly Come Dancing', according to reports.

The silver medalist, who has also appeared on 'The X Factor', is among of number of members of Team GB that the Beeb hopes to snag for the show.

Going for gold (sequins)... Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is set for a spot on 'Strictly' (Copyright: WENN)

A source told The Sun that 'Louis captured the hearts of viewers during the Olympics when he burst into tears after his pommel horse performance'.

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“Now we want him to win over viewers. As an athlete, he is fit and dedicated and would be capable of some amazing dance moves,” the source added.

“He is also gorgeous which won’t do him any harm when it comes to audience support. He will definitely be one of the show’s heart-throbs. He has yet to sign on the dotted line but it’s likely when the line-up is announced next week he will be on the list of contestants.”

Fellow gymnast Beth Tweddle has also been rumoured for a slot on the show, as has cycling star Victoria Pendleton.

Outside of sport, it's 'Tracey Beaker' star Dani Harmer who has become the first officially confirmed contestant on the next series, set to start on 15 September.

Also said to be in the frame are Jerry Hall, Chris Evans, Fern Britton, cricketer Michael Vaughan, Johnny Ball and Kimberley Walsh. [The Sun]

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