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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas hints a royal could join the show

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Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas has teased that a royal could be heading to the dancefloor.

The 59-year-old telly star has confessed she knows that some of the younger members of the family are big fans of the show and she's keen to sign them up.

Speaking in the virtual winners room at the BAFTA TV Awards last night, the talent show star suggested the BBC could make a move to get one of the royals on as a contestant.

She said: “It would be lovely for one of the younger royals to come on.

"We have even seen the Queen on Zoom so it would be lovely get a young royal and I know lots of them are fans and it brings joy to their evenings.”

Shirley is currently awaiting the results of a coronavirus test after being struck down with a nasty cough and a temperature.

Shirley Ballas holding a sign posing for the camera: Shirley thinks a royal could be on their way © Getty Images Shirley thinks a royal could be on their way

She said: "I broke my foot, so that is healing, I've not been so well with a cough. I had a temperature and a this and a that.

"So I just took the Covid test today so I have to wait for 24 hours.

Strictly Come Dancing  won a BAFTA at last night's virtual ceremony, and Shirley said she was thrilled with the news.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle are posing for a picture: It couldn't be, could it? © Getty Images It couldn't be, could it?

She added: "I wasn't there when they won a Bafta before so for me this is extremely exciting.

"Everyone puts so much into the show. Lighting, hair and makeup, everyone puts so much in to make the show come to life."

Reports suggest Strictly bosses have  struggling to book big-name stars, who are "snubbing" the show due to its "low" £60,000 fee.

Bruno Tonioli et al. standing in front of a stage: Who would give a royal a low mark? © BBC/Guy Levy Who would give a royal a low mark?

Celebrities are rumoured to be shunning the dancing competition because they aren't being offered enough cash, it has been claimed.

It is believed that actress Tamzin Outhwaite and singer Jessie J are among those who have been approached to take part in the series.

There has been a big push by the BBC to book high-profile celebrities for this year amid the  coronavirus  pandemic.

But agents are reportedly worried that their clients won't be able to benefit from appearing alongside 'lower level' celebrities and that they would be able to make more money on other rival shows, such as I'm A Celebrity.

An agent told  The Sun  : "There’s a new curse of Strictly — they don’t pay and appearing will do nothing for your career.

“It’s not just the chance of you waltzing off with your partner, now the cash is poor and you waltz off into obscurity. No one wants to do it."

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