Strictly Come Dancing signs BBC Breakfast presenter Mike Bushell

Presenter Mike Bushell during the British Swimming Awards 2018 at the Point, Lancashire County Cricket Club, Manchester

Strictly Come Dancing's dark horse this year looks set to be BBC Breakfastpresenter Mike Bushell.

The 53-year-old sports presenter is famous for making gaffes on live TV, such as falling into a pool while interviewing England's Commonwealth Games swimmers, ripping his trousers and spilling water down himself.

Bushell has signed up to take part in the BBC dance competition this year and according to The Sun newspaper, producers hope he may follow in the footsteps of his fellow sports presenter Chris Hollins, who won the show in 2009.

A source told the newspaper: "Producers are keen to tap into the laughs that Mike can bring to the show, and the fact that he's now one of the most familiar faces on BBC Breakfast.

"They're also conscious of the fact he could be the dark horse of the competition. Not only have his predecessors triumphed on Strictly, but he keeps himself physically fit."

When the father-of-three was a teenager, he ran six marathons in six days and as a reporter he has tried 250 different sports. Earlier this year he also took part in Sport Relief showAnd They're Off.

Bushell will join a line-up that includes 60-year-old TV presenter Anneka Rice, Made In Chelsea reality star Jamie Laing, 27, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, 34, champion rower James Cracknell, 47, and ex-Corrie actress Catherine Tyldesley, 35.

Radio DJ and former Top Gear presenter Chris Evans had been tipped to compete in the show this year, revealing on The One Show last December "I have said 'Yes.'

"Everyone puts it off and tries to keep it a secret. No, announce now. We're doing it now."

But Evans, 53, who previously admitted he was suffering from a knee injury, pulled out at the last minute.

More celebrity contestants are due to be revealed, but Motsi Mabuse has been officially announced as the new judge, replacing Dame Darcey Bussell after she stepped down from the panel.

The big sister of professional dancer Oti Mabuse is already a judge on the German version of the show Let's Dance.

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Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Ranj Singh (bottom) and Gorka Marquez celebrate winning the award for best Talent Show for Strictly Come Dancing in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Stacey Dooley attends the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Strictly Come Dancing finalist Dianne Buswell leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London after appearing on the Chris Evans radio show.
Strictly Come Dancing's AJ Pritchard and Lauren Steadman (both at centre) meet members of the cast after watching Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical at the Dominion Theatre in London.
File photo dated 27/08/18 of Strictly Come Dancing contestant Vick Hope, who has said she is getting by on just three hours of sleep a night while training for the programme.
Strictly Come Dancing contestant Dr Ranj Singh and his professional dance partner Janette Manrara during rehearsals at a dance studio in London.
Giovanni Pernice arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Neil Jones and Katya Jones arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Anton Du Beke, Neil Jones, Johannes Radebe, Aljaz Skorjanec, Gorka Marquez, AJ Pritchard, Giovanni Pernice, Pasha Kovalev, Graziano Di Prima and Kevin Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Aljaz Skorjanec and Katya Jones arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Bruno Tonioli, Shirley Ballas, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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