BRENDAN Cole is being lined up to appear in Celebrity X Factor, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.
The ex Strictly pro dancer, 43 – who was dramatically axed from the BBC show in 2018 – is said to be keen to try his hand at singing instead.
And sources say ITV bosses keen to sign him up are convinced that his foray into the singing world will make for great TV.
One said: “Brendan is a big character and the bosses are sure that he will be a big draw for their audience.
“His Strictly fans aside, they are expecting people to tune in to see how his singing compares to his dancing.
“For Brendan’s part, he’s excited about the prospect of a new challenge.
“It’s also not lost on him that appearing on a rival channel in a big prime time slot is a bit of a two fingers up at his old bosses at the BBC.”
Ballroom star Brendan joined Strictly as a pro dancer in 2005, just one year after the show launched.
But despite 13 years on the show he was dropped out of the blue last February, announcing the decision in an emotional interview on ITV’s Lorraine.
He later admitted: “One of the saddest bits is that it will go on and I won’t be a part of it. It’s like not being invited to the party… I wasn’t ready to hang up the old dancing shoes.”
The source added: “Brendan has not yet signed on the dotted line, but the talks with ITV are advanced, and things are looking good.”
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