Helen Skelton says she's found her confidence on Strictly dancefloor
Helen Skelton has spoken about the huge confidence boost of being in Strictly Come Dancing which she will compete in the final for on Saturday.
The Countryfile presenter dances with Gorka Marquez and the BBC One show's judges have commented on how much she has put her nerves aside since her early weeks in the contest.
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Skelton has had a tough year after her husband Richie Myler left her in April when their third child was just four months old, announcing a new relationship a short time later.
Talking about her time on Strictly, Skelton said: "Confidence is all relative, isn’t it?
"And challenges are all relative. But yes, I’ve definitely found my confidence on that dancefloor and I enjoy it and that’s what it’s about."
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Fans of the show loved Skelton's couple's choice routine to Mein Herr, which they labelled a "revenge dance" as the lyrics of the song appeared to make reference to her split.
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The power, the sass 👌 Helen's found her inner Sally Bowles on the dance floor with Gorka #Strictly@HelenSkelton @gorkamarquez1 pic.twitter.com/N37Nk8UCs2
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) December 2, 2022
Talking to dance partner Marquez, she said: "I think you’re clever in that you’ve never made it about being sexy, it’s been about being sassy and powerful and being in control.
"And that’s a wonderfully freeing thing for anybody when they feel in control of their own selves and what they’re doing.
"So I don’t think it’s about being sexy, I think it’s about being confident in your own skin and being who you are."
She also added that she liked to think her newfound confidence might have inspired viewers: "I think when you’re in telly that’s why you do it, you do it because you like connecting with people and you like being part of things.
"And it’s a privilege to be in people’s living rooms on a Saturday night and it’s a privilege when they share things.
"And if one person has thought, ‘Oh, I’m going to put myself out of my comfort zone, or I’m going to take on something difficult’, then we’ve done our job."
Strictly Come Dancing's final airs on Saturday at 7.05pm on BBC One