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Strictly judges get £30,000 extra

Strictly Come Dancing's judges will be returning to work after securing a significant pay hike, according to the Sun newspaper.

The four experts are said to have negotiated a 50% increase, with their earnings rising from £60,000 to £90,000 for the BBC1 series.

Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman achieved the deal after a lengthy tussle with show chiefs.

A BBC source said: "Thank God it's all over - it was really uncomfortable for a while. Now we can get on with making the show."

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Has Zara signed for Strictly?

Zara Phillips is waltzing into a right Royal storm after signing up to compete in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Zara, 27 - the Queen's granddaughter and 12th in line to the throne - has agreed to become to first royal to appear in the BBC1 ballroom series this autumn.

A source close to Zara - fiancee of rugby World Cup hero Mike Tindall - said:

"People are pinching themselves at the idea that this is actually happening.

"The Queen may have something to say about Zara appearing on a live TV show every Saturday. Many in Royal circles will find it inappropriate."

But BBC bosses are said to be thrilled at the signing - seen as a shot across the bows in the Saturday night ratings war with The X Factor.

One said: "The idea of getting Zara involved was floating around for a while but no one thought it would come off.

"Last year's line-up was pretty strong, but signing a royal is a trump card in the ratings battle. Who can resist switching on, just in case Wills and Harry drop in to wish their cousin good luck?"

Insiders believe the series will help Zara get over her disappointment at having to pull out of next month's Olympics.

The showjumper has to miss this year's Olympics in Beijing after an injury to her horse Toytown - a repeat of what happened before the Athens Games of 2004. But Zara's involvement in the reality TV show - which more than 10million fans tuned in to last year to see ex-Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon and partner Matthew Cutler win - is likely to cause deep embarrassment to the royals.

Zara's brother Peter found himself in hot water last month after "selling" coverage of his wedding to Hello! magazine.

But the Palace is powerless to intervene because Zara is not titled.

Her mother Princess Anne refused to give her children royal titles in a bid to help them lead normal lives.

It means Zara is free to exploit her status for commercial gain. She was the first royal in line to the throne to appear in an ad, promoting Land Rover, two years ago.

A bbc spokeswoman said last night: "We can neither confirm nor deny the speculation around contestants at this stage."

But a source confirmed Zara has signed an "early stage" contract called a "letter of intent" to appear on the show.

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Frankie and Honey set for Strictly

Coronation Street actress Debra Stephenson is poised to waltz back on to our screens - in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Debra, who played Coronation Street's Frankie Baldwin and left after her character had an affair with her stepson, has apparently been in talks with bosses of the hit BBC1 pro-celebrity dance contest, according to the Sun.

The actress, who also played Shell Dockley in ITV1's Bad Girls, is now said to be waiting to hear whether she has been accepted to take part in the show.

Debra is no stranger to the BBC's reality shows. In 2005, she took part in Comic Relief Does Fame Academy on BBC1 to raise money for charity, and finished fifth in the competition.

Also reported to be waiting for the green light for Strictly is EastEnders' Emma Barton.

Emma, who plays Honey Mitchell, is due to film her final episodes for the BBC1 soap this summer.

If Debra and Emma do win a place on the show, they will follow in the footsteps of other former soap stars including Letitia Dean, Claire Sweeney and Christopher Parker who have all taken part. Former Mis-Teeq singer Alesha Dixon won the series in 2007.

The new series of Strictly Come Dancing, hosted by Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly, is due to shown on BBC1 in September.

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Royal Strictly Come Dancing?

Royal Zara Phillips and her rugby player boyfriend Mike Tindall are said to be in negotiations to take part in the next Strictly Come Dancing series.

Producers are reported to hope the couple could bring some "regal glamour" to the BBC1 series. They would be only the second couple to compete after Gabby and Kenny Logan.

"The BBC are going all-out to get Zara and Mike," a source told The Sun.

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Haley Holt for Strictly

According to New Zealand sources Haley Holt has been confirmed as a professional dancer for the next series of Strictly Come Dancing

Hayley will be replacing Nicole Cutler, who has been dropped from the line up. She is a popular professional dancer on New Zealand's Dancing with the Stars.

Haley also took out the title on Celebrity Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific and has been named New Zealand’s sexiest woman.

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Pay rise for Strictly Dancers

The Strictly Professional Dancers have finally agreed to a £6,500 pay rise

According to the Sun the professionals had been offered £3,000 extra but stuck out for a wage increase from £23,500 to £30,000. The only downside being they will have to work for longer.

The next series of Strictly Come Dancing will be on our screens for 14 weeks instead of the usual 12.

An insider on the BBC1 hit said last night: “It’s a bit of a double-edged sword for the dancers.

“They’ll get more cash, but will have to work longer to get it.”

The source added: “It’s still a good deal and they’re happy as it means more TV exposure for them, that’s assuming their partners don’t get the chop!”

Its not all good news for some, as it has been revealed that Nicole Cutler has been axed from the show.

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Will Teddy be next for Strictly?

Soccer legend Teddy Sheringham is set to star in the next series of telly's Strictly Come Dancing.

The former England, Manchester United and West Ham star has been in talks with BBC1 bosses.

They reckon the 42-year-old, who used to date Celebrity Big Brother babe Danielle Lloyd, 24, will be a big hit with viewers.

An insider revealed: "Strictly Come Dancing is one of the BBC's biggest shows and a lot of work goes into getting the right line-up.

"Teddy has everything.

He has sex appeal, he's got a huge following thanks to football and he's used to tackling a challenge.

"The producers are trying to remain tight-lipped but if they get Teddy on board it will be a real coup."

Teddy would not be the first sportsman to feature on the ballroom dancing show. Cricketers Darren Gough, 37, and Mark Ramprakash, 38, are both past champions.

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Apprentice advisors for Strictly?

Sir Alan Sugar’s Apprentice advisors Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford are set to sign up for the new Strictly Come Dancing series

Hewer, 64, is said to be keener to take up the offer than Mountford, 56 - who was in particularly fine form in this year’s Apprentice series - but BBC bosses hope both will accept a £25,000 offer.

A source tells the Mail on Sunday, “They are the unacknowledged stars of The Apprentice and more and more people have been watching it because of them.

"They have really interesting, understated personalities and some of their reactions to what the candidates do in Sir Alan’s tasks are wickedly funny."

A BBC spokesperson says, “Nothing is confirmed yet."

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Sharon Osbourne to join Strictly

Sharon Osbourne could be fox trotting her way over to the BBC to star in Strictly Come Dancing.

The star, 55, is set to join the popular reality TV show after sensationally quitting ITV1's rival X Factor in a row over pay, reports The Sun.

Sharon pulled out of the show last week after contract negotiations broke down and is also said to be fed up with her constant arguments with fellow judge Dannii Minogue.

"Sharon has not fallen out with Cowell, not in the slightest. It all comes down to two things - money and Dannii," said a source.

"At the moment she's filming America's Got Talent for Cowell and she's concentrating on her US TV projects."

The source also revealed that Sharon was meant to appear in Dancing With The Stars - the US version of Strictly - early last year but had to pull out to have an operation.

"She's always wanted to do it, so what better time to put on her dancing shoes and go up against the X Factor than when the shows start again in September?"

"It would make one hell of a TV battle, so don't be surprised to see her hitting the dancefloor."

Lulu, Mel B, Cheryl Cole and Charlotte Church are hot favourites to take over from Sharon as an X factor judge.

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B*Witched star wants to do SCD

Inspired by the win of Alesha Dixon from Mis-Teeq, Lindsay Armaou of 90s girl-band B*Witched fancies being on Strictly Come Dancing.

Lindsay, now 30 and in celtic country group Clayton, says: "I'd love to be on Strictly - it's a big ambition. I'd enjoy learning to dance like that and it looks fun to be on."

Richard Madeley is among the names being touted for the sixth BBC series in October.

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Will Gordon be on next Strictly?

Gordon Ramsay is reportedly being lined up to star in Strictly Come Dancing.

The Daily Star claims the foul-mouthed TV chef has been approached by BBC bosses to star in the next series of the hit celebrity talent show, but he is worried his dance skills won't be enough.

Gordon reportedly said: "I seriously need to learn to dance. I'd love to master it because there's something so sexy about dancing.

"But I'm 15 stone with size 16 feet. It just ain't f****** happening."

But show producers are apparently worried the 41-year-old chef would be a liability on the family show, in case he is unable to tame his swearing.

A source told the paper: "Anyone can see that Gordon's 'oh f*** me' language could cause all sorts of problems. He's not exactly Bruce Forsyth. But he's a huge star who would pull in viewers and give the show extra edge and tension.

"He's also famously competitive, so he would go all out to win. He would be a risk well worth taking."

Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, 63, has reportedly said she would love to see Gordon on the show.

She told the Radio Times: "I'd check how much rhythm he has by asking him to clap along to a piece of music. Then the shouting would start and I'd turn him into a dancer."

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Strictly Judges want more money

Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood has spoken about why the panel are holding out for more money

Horwood, Bruno Tonioli, Arlene Phillips and Len Goodman are demanding more cash from the BBC before they agree to do the next series.

He told Teletext: "We all want to do the show because obviously we love it and we want it to continue, but we are unified money-wise."

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NO TICKETS

There are no tickets left for Strictly Come Dancing. Applications for the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing have now closed.

The BBC hate to be the bearer of bad news but there really are no more tickets for Strictly Come Dancing.

We accepted applications during a set two week period mid-September. As soon as we have information about the 2009 series of Strictly Come Dancing we will post it up.

Thank you for your interest in Strictly Come Dancing.

We kindly ask you not to send either the BBC or Strictly Come Dancing Online any more emails about tickets for the show.

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