Helen Skelton in her official Strictly photo (Photo: BBC/Ray Burmiston)
Helen Skelton has opened up about her motivation for signing up for this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The former Blue Peter presenter is one of 15 celebrities currently in training for Strictly’s landmark 20th season, which kicks off on Friday night with its annual pre-recorded launch show.
Asked what inspired her to take part in Strictly, Helen admitted: “I just wanted to do something fun!”
“It was a good chance for my family to see me smiling,” she continued. “And it’s a fun adventure.
“Anybody who’s had anything to do with Strictly will say, the make-up people are the best, the costume people are the best, the set designers are the best, the dancers are the best. So why wouldn’t you want to do something where everyone is literally at the top of their game and loving what they do?”
Helen is one of 15 celebrities currently in training for Strictly this year (Photo: BBC/Ray Burmiston)
Helen also shared that she’s particularly looking forward to getting “Strictly-fied” ahead of her first performance, joking: “I have three children under seven, a very energetic dog and have lived in a house renovation for the best part of three years, so Strictly-fy me up please!”
Before filming this year’s launch show, Helen told HuffPost UK that she’s already enjoying the social side of being on Strictly, as her job often requires her to work on her own.
“I’m so giddy, I’m like, ‘let’s go for a meal, let’s go for a drink’, and everybody’s like, ’fuck off’’,” she said with a laugh. “But I’m normally on my own [in work situations]. That’s the nice thing for me about this.
“In our world you’re often on your own – not in a lonely way, it’s just the nature of your work. If I do radio, I’ll be on my own. Whereas with this, it’s nice to be around people that are in the same world. And it’s nice to be sharing something in a team, it’s that team mentality.”
Helen posing alongside the rest of this year's Strictly Come Dancing cast (Photo: Ray Burmiston via PA Media)
She added: “When I did Antarctica [with Blue Peter], they intentionally got me a non-English-speaking soundman, because they wanted me to be on my own.
“Like, a real explorer would be on their own, [so they said that] if I was with an English-speaking crew, everyone would be like, ‘go on Helen!’, and they wanted me to have the real experience. So for this… that’s why I’m talking a lot!”
Strictly returns to our screens on Friday night at 7pm on BBC One, with the first live show of the series airing the following night.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.