MIKE Tindall turned down BBC bosses who asked him to appear on Strictly Come Dancing – because he’s too big to win the show.
This comes after reports producers were after a member of the royal family to compete in this year’s competition.
Rugby players have been fan-favourites in the past and Mike, 40, is the husband to Zara Phillips, so he seems like a perfect fit for the show.
But there’s one main reason why he would never appear on the show: he wouldn’t win.
Speaking to Ben Shepherd and Kate Galloway on Good Morning Britain today, the World Cup winner admitted he was asked by producers, but said, “I definitely don’t think the nation needs me to dance.”
He told them: “It appears you need to be small like Austin [Healey] and [Matt] Dawson to win. All the taller rugby guys – not so good.”
When Kate said he seemed to have “really thought about this”, his sportsman side came through when he replied: “Well, it’s just anything to win, isn’t it, really?”
Earlier this year a report said BBC bosses are on the hunt for a member of the royal family to compete on the show.
A source told The Sunday Mirror: “Strictly is a proper family show and hugely respected, so bosses think it wouldn’t be a problem for a royal to take to the dance floor.”
The royal family are fans of the show, with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor, appeared in the audience of the show.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is also known to be a huge fan of the show.
Unfortunately for the BBC, there are no royals on this year’s line up – though fans are still excited for the launch show on Saturday September 21.
There’s a real mix of talent on this year’s edition, from presenters and broadcasters to sportspeople.
The actors include Emma Barton, Catherine Tyldesley, Kelvin Fletcher and actor/broadcaster Anneka Rice.
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Sports stars include rowing champion James Cracknell, table tennis champ Will Bayley and footballer David James, alongside pundit Alex Scott and presenter Mike Bushell.
They’ll be joining Geordie comedian Chris Ramsay, CBBC host Karim Zeroual, chef Emma Thynn, radio DJ Dev Griffin, YouTube star saffron Barker and Drag Race judge Michelle Visage.
Reality star Jamie Laing pulled out of the competition after an injury.
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