Helen Skelton joins Strictly Come Dancing

Helen Skelton has signed up for 'Strictly Come Dancing' credit:Bang Showbiz
Helen Skelton has signed up for 'Strictly Come Dancing' credit:Bang Showbiz

Helen Skelton has been confirmed for 'Strictly Come Dancing'.

The 'Countryfile' presenter has been announced as the 15th and final contestant for the latest series of the popular BBC dance show.

Helen, 39, previously competed on 'Strictly' in the 2014 Christmas special and news of her participation was confirmed on host Claudia Winkleman's BBC Radio 2 show on Saturday (13.08.22).

Skelton, who is set to begin hosting a new show on BBC Radio Five Live on Sunday (14.08.22), revealed that she only agreed to take part in the programme "the other day".

The former 'Blue Peter' host, who split from her husband Richie Myler earlier this year, said: "I did the Christmas one the other year. The hair is the best, the makeup is incredible, the costumes are incredible. Who gets to go to work and be made to look a bit like Beyonce and have a fun time?

"I thought this is madness not to do it, of course I should do it, it will be so much fun."

Helen completes a lineup that features Will Mellor, Kym Marsh, Richie Anderson, Kaye Adams, Jayde Adams, Ellie Simmonds, Tyler West, Matt Goss, Ellie Taylor, Molly Rainford, Tony Adams, Fleur East, Hamza Yassin and James Bye.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that plans to host an episode of 'Strictly' at Buckingham Palace have been shelved for this year, even though Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are big fans of the show.

A source said: "There has been a lot of back and forth about different ideas and different possibilities ... but the likelihood is that it's probably not possible to pull off an episode in the Palace in the time frame."