'Strictly Come Dancing' bosses are reportedly struggling to find celebrities for the next series.

Lacey Turner

Lacey Turner

The popular ballroom and latin show won't return to screens for another nine months, but producers are said to be panicking as some of the stars - including Lacey Turner, Angela Scanlon, Claude Littner, Mel Giedroyc and actress Martine McCutcheon - that they were keen to sign up have already snubbed the chance because they're worried about the infamous show curse, which sees relationships falling apart during or just after the show, striking again.

A source told The Sun Online: "'Strictly Come Dancing' used to be show that no celebrity ever turned down. But the curse has changed all that. There is now a genuine concern that appearing on the show can negatively impact relationships."

Jamie Redknapp has reportedly been contacted about the new series now that he's divorced from Louise Redknapp but he's snubbed the offer because he believes the BBC One show was to blame for his split from the singer after she competed alongside Kevin Clifton in 2016.

An insider said: "Jamie only has negative feelings about 'Strictly Come Dancing' now. There's absolutely no way he would appear."

However, not everyone is worried about the curse, Martin Kemp has admitted he's been asked numerous times to do the show but he keeps turning them down because he can't dance.

He said: "They ask me a lot [to go on 'Strictly'] but I think they've got so used to me saying 'No', they've not asked me. I can't dance. There are some things I have to admit I can't do."

But producers may be in luck as Holly Willoughby has admitted she'd love to learn the dance technique following Ruth Langsford attempt last year - but she doesn't know how well she'd do.

She said recently: "Everyone would be watching me do it and that would be horrendous because I'm not very good at dancing. I'd love to learn to dance but not on telly."