Married At First Sight’s Mel Schilling responds to Strictly rumours

The Australian TV star joked 'that's my destiny' as Lorraine Kelly asked her about Strictly Come Dancing.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: Mel Schilling attends the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/BAFTA/Getty Images for BAFTA)
Mel Schilling has laughed off Strictly Come Dancing rumours. (Getty Images for BAFTA)

Married At First Sight expert Mel Schilling has laughed off rumours that she will be taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year.

Australian TV star Schilling joked that it was a "nasty little rumour" as Lorraine Kelly asked her whether she would be hitting the dancefloor this autumn.

She also spoke about her ongoing treatment for colon cancer and why she could identify with the Princess of Wales.

Married At First Sight's Mel Schilling has laughed at suggestions that she could be joining the cast of Strictly Come Dancing this year.

The relationship expert is known to viewers for her starring roles in the Australian and UK dating series, but when asked by Lorraine Kelly whether she would be getting her dancing shoes on, Schilling made it sound unlikely without confirming the rumour either way.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 12: (L-R) Layton Williams takes a selfie with Mel Schilling on the red carpet at the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises at The Royal Festival Hall on May 12, 2024 in London, England. P&O Cruises celebrates its second year as headline sponsor of the 2024 BAFTA Television Awards. During the ceremony the winner of the P&O Cruises Memorable Moment Award, which is the only award voted for by the public, was announced and honours the impact of television in the UK and its power to entertain, inform and bring the nation together. (Photo by James D. Morgan/Getty Images for P&O Cruises)
Will Mel Schilling be following in Layton Williams' footsteps? (Getty Images for P&O Cruises)

Speaking on Tuesday's Lorraine about her ongoing treatment for colon cancer, Schilling was asked by Kelly: "So I understand that you're sort of gearing yourself up for maybe Strictly Come Dancing? That is something that you would like to do?"

But the Australian star laughed and joked: "Is that a nasty little rumour, Lorraine?" before adding: "Let's manifest this. Oh, my gosh!"

Kelly showed her a mocked-up photo of her with Strictly pro dancer Johannes Radebe and said: "And of all the folks you could dance with, he's an angel."

Schilling laughed: "I'm so ready for you, Johannes. That's my destiny."

Kelly told her: "I hope it continues to go well, and I would just love to see you in Strictly in September. Just an idea, that's all."

Schilling also shared more on her recent diagnosis of colon cancer and her ongoing treatment, saying that she was on round six of eight rounds of chemotherapy.

Admitting that she was struggling with energy levels, Schilling praised the Princess of Wales - also diagnosed with cancer this year - for her comments on dealing with the illness after appearing at Trooping the Colour at the weekend.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 15: Prince William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales on the balcony during Trooping the Colour at Buckingham Palace on June 15, 2024 in London, England. Trooping the Colour is a ceremonial parade celebrating the official birthday of the British Monarch. The event features over 1,400 soldiers and officers, accompanied by 200 horses. More than 400 musicians from ten different bands and Corps of Drums march and perform in perfect harmony. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Princess of Wales attended Trooping the Colour at the weekend. (Getty Images)

Referring to Kate Middleton's comments about having good days and bad days, Schilling said: "I love that. She talked about patience, patience with your body and self-compassion, because in many ways I feel like I'm not in my body at the moment. This is not the way my body usually feels. So I've got to be patient, and I've got to be kind to myself."

The TV star said that before her diagnosis, her digestive system stopped and she hadn't been to the toilet for three weeks.

Speaking about getting her diagnosis, she said: "Everyone has a different reaction to those three little words, you have cancer.

"My hubby Gareth and I were sitting there with the doctor, and I quite irrationally just went straight into work mode and I got out my diary and I went 'no, I can't have surgery, I'm working then' as if it was the most normal thing in the world. I sort of went into what I can control.

"Whereas Gareth had a very real emotional reaction and so he was quite ahead of me in terms of dealing with it."

She added talking about colon cancer symptoms: "Let's not be embarrassed. Let's be a little bit more Aussie about it, right?"

Lorraine airs on ITV1 at 9am on weekdays.