The former Blue Peter presenter signed up for Strictly shortly after ending her relationship with Richie Myler, who she was married to for eight years.
Appearing on Lorraine and speaking to guest host Ranvir Singh, Skelton said: "Look I just wanted to make my kids proud. So we didn't quite bring home that trophy but we made memories that would make a lifetime."
She also thanked the show for being good for her mental wellbeing: "If I could bottle that atmosphere from Saturday, it'll see me through any dark days. It was just the most wonderful feeling. It just goes to show what happens when you surround yourself with good people."
Skelton also praised her dance partner Gorka Marquez: "I am so grateful to that man, he is a credit to that show and a credit to his family. That show pushes all the buttons. It's so emotional."
The TV presenter has previously remarked how appearing on Strictly has helped her improve her confidence following her separation from Myler.
The couple broke up earlier this year, shortly after Skelton gave birth to their third child. Myler, who is a professional rugby player for Leeds Rhinos has since entered into a new relationship and announced he is going to be a dad again with his new partner.
Originally presenting Blue Peter from 2008 to 2013, Skelton is now one of the hosts of Countryfile and also heads a show on BBC Radio 5 Live every Sunday between 10am and 12pm.
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