Louise Minchin could do 'Strictly Come Dancing' after husband lifts 'lifetime ban'

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Louise Minchin could be in line to swap the newsroom for the ballroom as a 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant. (Nicky Johnston/Comic Relief/Getty Images)
Louise Minchin could be in line to swap the newsroom for the ballroom as a 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestant. (Nicky Johnston/Comic Relief/Getty Images)

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin could be heading to the ballroom for Strictly Come Dancing after her husband lifted his ban on her taking part.

The 52-year-old journalist and presenter revealed on the Her Spirit podcast that the door is now open for her to don sequins and take on the BBC dancing show.

She said: "The other day on Breakfast, Dan [Walker] mentioned it and I said the line that I’ve said for many years that I’m on a ‘lifetime ban’ from my family, and my husband texted and said ‘ban lifted’.”

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Minchin also revealed she counts Dame Darcey Bussell as one of her "best friends" and that she used to turn down the show when the ballerina was on the judging panel.

"Obviously I couldn’t go on when she was a judge, but now Oti [Mabuse] is judged by her sister," she said.

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Minchin has often joked that she would enjoy being a part of Strictly, but that her family had imposed a hard and fast rule that she could not appear.

The presenter revealed the change of heart to podcast guest and BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, who competed on the 2015 series of Strictly and said Minchin would be "brilliant" on the show.

Kirkwood added: "You’ve got rhythm and viewers would love you because they do already. And you’re competitive in a healthy way."

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Minchin announced in June that she will leave the Breakfast sofa later this year after two decades presenting the daily news show.

She currently joins Dan Walker to front the broadcast three days a week.

Louise Minchin announced her imminent departure from 'BBC Breakfast' in June. (@BBCBreakfast via Twitter/BBC)
Louise Minchin announced her imminent departure from 'BBC Breakfast' in June. (@BBCBreakfast via Twitter/BBC)

If Minchin is to compete on Strictly Come Dancing, she'll join a long line of Breakfast journalists who have swapped the newsroom for the ballroom.

Sport presenter Chris Hollins won the 2009 series of the show, while Susanna Reid was the runner-up in 2014 at the end of her decade-long run as part of the Breakfast team.

Other Breakfast alumni to grace the Strictly floor include Naga Munchetty, Mike Bushell and Kate Silverton.

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This year's series of Strictly will see Anton Du Beke move from the professional dancer roster to the judging panel, replacing the unavailable Bruno Tonioli.

He previously served as a temporary judge on the 2020 series of the show, when Motsi Mabuse missed two episodes due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Watch: Anton Du Beke reacts to new Strictly role

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