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Ruth Langsford set for Strictly Come Dancing - report

The Loose Women host has reportedly turned down the chance to appear on the programme for the past few years.

Ruth Langsford has reportedly agreed to compete on the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the Loose Women and This Morning host is set to sign a contract for the programme in the next few weeks.

She is said to have turned down the chance to appear on the show for the past few years, delighting bosses by finally changing her mind ahead of the 2017 series.

"Ruth has always been a big fan of the show, and producers are thrilled that she has changed her mind and will be taking part this year," a Strictly insider told the publication. "No one has signed any contracts for the show this year but she has had long talks with show bosses and, barring any injury, will be waltzing her way onto the show this autumn."

One person who will be cheering Ruth on from the sidelines is her husband Eamonn Holmes, who himself has been prevented from competing on the show because of a persistent knee injury.

And the pair are said to be unconcerned about the so-called relationship "curse" of Strictly, which has seen so many of the celebrities' romances break down due to fledgling feelings with their professional dance partners.

"Eamonn is really excited about cheering her on," the insider added.

Eamonn previously denied claims he was in the line-up for the new series, telling Express.co.uk: "I have no desire to do any of them (reality shows). Strictly is too much like hard work for me, and the rest of them, no.

"I love being a viewer as well. It's lovely to be involved in some aspect of television that you know nothing about."

Despite the Daily Mail's claims, a spokesperson for the BBC refused to comment, saying only: "This is speculation. The Strictly Come Dancing line up will be announced by the BBC in due course."

It is expected that the BBC will announce the full line-up for the 2017 series in August.

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