Strictly Come Dancing has reportedly signed up the first blind contestant in the BBC show history.

It comes as The Sun reported that blind comedian Chris McCausland is said to have signed up for a show first.

Back in 2021, deaf EastEnders actress Rose Ayling-Ellis made history after becoming the first deaf contestant to win the Strictly Glitterball.

Strictly Come Dancing reportedly signs up Chris McCausland

Comedian and actor Chris, 46, lost his sight when he was 22 from the hereditary condition, retinitis pigmentosa.

He had previously shared that he noticed his eyesight began to get “very bad” while attending university studying software engineering.

Sharing: “My eyesight was starting to get very bad at uni, and the technology back then wasn’t what it is now, so I had to get off that particular career path.”

But, now a source from The Sun has suggested Chris will make Strictly history if he is part of the 2024 season cast.

The source said: “Strictly Come Dancing bosses are delighted by the signing and think Chris will be great on the show. He has a hilarious sense of humour and an infectious personality.

“Producers are really keen to showcase disability on TV and are conscious of how important it is. Chris loves working and doing TV so it’s the perfect project. Chris has spoken openly of his sight issues and is determined to show it won’t hold him back on the ballroom dance floor.”


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The Sun’s source added: “He is up for the challenge of learning how to dance and is prepared to put in hard work and long hours in training.

“He’s also hoping to have a lot of fun and raise his profile, like a lot of celebs taking part on Strictly.”

Alongside his long-standing comedy career, Chris has been the lead on shows including Channel 4’s The Wonders of the World I Can’t See and hosts the Radio 4 show You Heard It Here First.