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Peter Crouch poised to be tallest ever Strictly star as 'BBC approach him for series'

Peter Crouch could be swapping out his football boots for dance shoes as the bosses of Strictly Come Dancing have him in their sights to compete in the upcoming 2021 series.

The 40-year-old sporting giant is a top choice for the makers of Strictly – who are busy planning the forthcoming 19th series of the long-running talent show, which is due to hit screens next month.

Peter would be the tallest contestant to ever feature on the show, if he did agree to appear – while he would also be following in the footsteps of his wife, Abbey Clancy, who starred on, and won, series 11 of the show way back in 2013.

The BBC already know Peter is a hit with viewers – with his lively sports and music based entertainment series Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer, and his smash hit Euro Cup entertainment show Crouchy’s Year Late Euros: Live.

Peter Crouch is reportedly being sought by the BBC to star on Strictly Come Dancing 2021 (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Ama)

And it seems the Beeb are keen to rope in Peter to show off his footwork on the ballroom floor when Strictly returns in the coming weeks.

The Sun on Sunday quotes a show source stating: “Peter is hugely popular and would be a phenomenal signing.

“The casting team were especially keen because he had such a high profile during the Euros.

Peter's dance moves are already legendary (Ross Kinnaird)
Peter would be following in the footsteps of his wife, Abbey Clancy, if he does star on Strictly (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“Taller men have struggled but he would stand out a mile on the dancefloor.”

Wife Abbey – with whom Peter shares four children – has previously discussed the former striker’s dancing skills, revealing he usually needs a bit of dutch courage to let loose on the dance floor.

Speaking at the time of her own Strictly victory back in 2013, the model said: “We do dance — after a couple of drinks.”

And then rating Peter’s dancing ability, Abbey went on to say the lanky sport star has: “two left feet.”

However, the star himself does have form when it comes to drawing attention for his dance skills, as he would often celebrate goals when he was a footballer by performing a ‘robot’ dance to the delight of fans.

Peter’s height could make logistics on Strictly difficult for the female dance professionals as he would tower above all of them.

Abbey won Strictly in 2013 when she was partnered with Aljaz Skorjanec (BBC)

The star stands tall at 6ft 7in while pro dancers such as flame haired Australian Dianne Buswell is a modest 5ft 3in.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman are due to return to presenting duties on Strictly next month when it returns to screens – with Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse all due to return to their judges seats.

Original show judge Bruno Tonioli is to be replaced with Anton du Beke for the 2021 season as he has opted to work on Dancing With The Stars in the USA instead of Strictly, with Covid restrictions and travel chaos making it impossible for him to fly between the two shows as he has done in the past.

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