Strictly ‘lining up’ Happy Mondays’ Bez

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He is known for his unique dance moves and reckons he could do well in the competition

The 54-year-old maraca-shaker, whose real name is Mark Berry - is set to join Chris Evans on the programme later this year, according to the Mirror.

Bez, who is known for his unique dancing moves, previously boasted he could “go all the way” in the competition.

He said of his potential in 2016: "I reckon I could go all the way. Dancing has made me famous and entertaining people is what I do best.

"I've lost count of the number of blokes who've come up over the years and said, 'Thanks for making it OK for indie guys to get on the dance floor'."

Bez won Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and was infamously disqualified from the celebrity special of Bargain Hunt last year.

His bandmate Shaun Ryder - who also fronts Black Grape - revealed he received an offer to compete on Strictly, but he opted for Im A Celebrity instead as the ITV reality show is past the watershed.

He said: "I did get asked to do Strictly, yes, and it was at the same time I got asked to do the Jungle...

Comedian Alan Carr and newsreader Huw Edwards recently revealed they had also been approached by the show to compete this year.

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