Strictly Come Dancing to sign This Morning chef Gino D’Acampo for 20th anniversary series

The BBC are set to sign This Morning chef Gino D’Acampo for the 20th anniversary of its hit show, Strictly Come Dancing, which will take place later this year.

43 year old Italian chef Gino has become a firm favourite on Britain’s TV screens, with his hilarious sense of humour – and brilliant cooking skills – earning him legions of fans.

Not only has he been a chef on This Morning for 13 years, he also won I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in 2009, and is loved for his Road Trip series on ITV, in which he stars with fellow chefs Gordon Ramsay and Fred Sirieix.

Whilst the BBC is yet to confirm if they have indeed signed the chef, a TV insider said: “Every year the team behind the show want to get the perfect balance of stars, whether it’s for their sex appeal, humour, or if they are a particular draw for older or younger viewers.

They continued to the Sun : "But they view Gino as someone who has universal appeal, who is up for a laugh and more than capable of keeping audiences entertained.

“He also has serious star appeal, having been on This Morning for 13 years and winning I’m A Celebrity.”

Gino revealed that he was invited to take part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2019, but said that he didn’t have time for it.

He said: “That show would require a lot of time and training. Who has got time for that? Not me . . . not at the moment.”

Despite his popularity on This Morning, in March Gino left the programme for a short period as he went to spend time in his native Italy.

He told Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: “I was just walking around because I am a little bit sad today because I am going to go to Italy very soon, so this is my last This Morning, until probably autumn or winter.”

Phil joked: “Thanks god for that”.

Gino added: “Unless you two are going to come to the island of Sardinia and do something live there.

“Do not panic, because I have so many beautiful things for you.”

Gino once revealed that he likes to take six months off from work a year.

He said: ”I've been having six months off for the last eight to ten years. I am a great believer that you need to have balance in life.

"If I work for six months, then I want to have a holiday for six months because my life cannot always be about work."

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