Strictly Come Dancing: cricket star Michael Vaughan signs up

Dance up a storm: Michael Vaughan is expected to join the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing
Dance up a storm: Michael Vaughan is expected to join the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing©Graham Chadwick/Daily Mail/Rex Features

Strictly Come Dancing bosses are hoping audiences will be bowled over by former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who is thought to have signed up to the dance competition.

The 37-year-old will be just the latest cricket star to join the contest, with Darren Gough and Mark Ramprakash previously donning their dance shoes to compete against other celebrities on the show.

The 2005 Ashes-winning skipper is believed to be the first star to sign up for Strictly 2012, but rumours have circulated about other possible contenders including EastEnders actors Sid Owen and Charlie Brooks, aka Ricky and Janine Butcher in the popular soap.

Last month Noel Gallagher revealed that he had been asked to join the programme, but had turned down the offer to dazzle on the dance floor.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I'd have done it an' all... Sadly though, I'm a bit busy. Maybe next time ..."

Host Sir Bruce Forsyth’s wife, Lady Wilnelia also recently said she’d love to compete on the show, but thinks taking part could cause some problems for her hubby.

“I’d love to but I think it would be difficult, you know, with him being the host. It'd be very difficult,” Wilnelia said.

"I don't think he'd be able to take all the judges' comments."

Bruce also said his wife would be a great addition because she is a “marvellous” dancer.

Strictly returns to TV later this year, with new judge Darcey Bussell in tow. The former ballerina will replace Alesha Dixon, who quit the show earlier this year to join Britain’s Got Talent  as a judge alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.

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