Strictly To Turn The Pressure Up On X Factor, By Signing Fern Britton?

BBC bosses are rumoured to be talking to Fern Britton, with a view to sign her up for the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing.

The former This Morning host, famous for her weight-loss gastric band surgery, has appeared on the show before, strutting her slim figure on last year’s Christmas special.

The news comes as Beeb bosses prepare to take on X Factor again in the ratings war. With Cowell, Cheryl and Dannii all leaving the ITV show’s judging panel, BBC chiefs sense that the popularity tables may be turning this year and are aiming to put together a heavyweight line up of celebrities to attract viewers – Fern Britton being the lightweight exception of course.

“We think we can reinforce the wholesome values that Strictly has – as opposed to all the feuding on The X Factor,” said a BBC insider.

A friend of Miss Britton added: “Fern is very, very keen to appear on Strictly”, adding that the dance contest hosted by Sir Bruce is her “family’s favourite programme”.