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Tim Peake jokes about packing away his spandex after missing out on Strictly

The British astronaut had been rumoured to be among this year’s crop of contestants.

Astronaut Tim Peake joked that he was putting his spandex back in the drawer after finding out he is not a Strictly Come Dancing contestant.

The joke started when journalist Lauren Turner posted a message on Twitter saying she had thought a teaser about Red Dwarf actor Danny John-Jules signing up for the BBC show had actually been about Peake.

As John-Jules was revealed to be a 2018 contestant, Turner tweeted: “I was so convinced the out-of-this-World reference meant it was @astro_timpeake!!”

The British astronaut then chimed in: “Me too – thought I’d missed an email somewhere.

“Never mind…spandex going back in the drawer ;).”

There had been rumours that Peake had signed up after Claudia Winkleman, one of the Strictly hosts, referred to an “out of this world” contestant in a teaser video.

However, it now appears it referred to John-Jules, who is best known for playing Cat in space series Red Dwarf.

John-Jules was unveiled as a contestant on The One Show on Monday night, alongside Steps star Faye Tozer.

The pair join Katie Piper in the line-up, and the rest of the names are yet to be revealed.

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