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Emma Willis teases Strictly Come Dancing stint saying she would do show ‘in a heartbeat’

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The Voice host Emma Willis hinted she could be looking to make a leap to Strictly Come Dancing after Channel 4 decided not to review her former show, The Circle, three months ago.

While production company for the show, Studio Lambert, have reportedly spoken to Netflix about the possibility of bringing the British version of the show to the streaming service, Emma has some free time this year to work on other projects.

Speaking to The Sun, the 45 year old said: “If I had time, I would do it in a heartbeat. Like I absolutely love it.

“I’ve been asked in the past but it’s always the time of year when we’re filming The Voice and The Circle.

“The Circle is not happening this year, but let’s hope The Voice is — otherwise I will be doing Strictly.”

Emma has recently finished filming on the ITV production, Cooking With The Stars, set to air Tuesday 13 July at 9pm.

The competition will follow a celebrity line-up as they’re paired with a professional chef and learn to cook specialty dishes to restaurant quality.

The show will feature actor Griff Rhys-Jones, DJ and songwriter Naughty Boy, TV Presenter AJ Odudu, Strictly judge Shirley Ballas, former Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley, TV personality Denise Van Outen, comedian Johnny Vegas and McFly’s Harry Judd, with Emma and Tom Allen co-hosting the production.

Asked if Strictly judge Shirley Ballas has attempted to persuade Emma to join Strictly while filming the new cooking show, Emma said: “She does not need to convince me to go on Strictly.”

Speaking to the Mirror, Emma spoke about how working on the show has inspired her to cook more as she and husband Matt Willis rarely have romantic meals thanks to being busy parents to their three children.

She said: “I can do a few things well so I tend to stick to that, I'm a creature of habit. But this show has kind of made me realise that actually that I need to maybe try a bit harder, it has inspired me.”


With sharp knives in the hands of amateur chefs, Emma discussed the many times blood was spilled on the set, claiming that the medics working on the show “got more airtime than me.”

She said: “Because of the pressure they were trying to do everything too quickly.

“Harry Judd cut himself within the first two minutes – the first chop he made he took the end of his little finger off.

“Johnny Vegas cut himself at the start and Shirley too, and Denise can’t use sharp knives, so she used blunt knives for everything.”

Cooking With The Stars begins Tuesday 13th at 9pm on ITV

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