Helen Skelton admitted she’s taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to be a “good role model” for her children.
The Countryfile presenter, 39, shares Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and Elsie, seven months, with her ex Richie Myler.
Speaking to The Mirror, Helen explained: “I’m a huge Strictly fan but my kids don’t like it at all, which is annoying.”
Family: Helen Skelton admitted she’s taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to be a ‘good role model’ for her children
In an interview with the publication before it was announced she was on the show, Helen said, “I choose my jobs based on what works for my family.
“I just want my kids to believe they can do whatever they want. I want to show them that if mom can do it, so can they. I just want to be a good role model and lead by example.
“I always tell kids they can do whatever they want in life, but I think parents need to show them that, too.
“I love giving my kids life experiences and taking them to work.”
In an interview with The Mirror before it was announced she was on the show, Helen said: “I choose my jobs based on what works for my family.”
Helen was the latest celebrity contestant to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing’s brand new series.
The TV and radio station has been widely pitched to take part in the BBC ballroom show and her place on the show has now been confirmed as she completes the full celebrity line-up.
On Saturday morning, it was announced on BBC Radio 2 during Claudia Winkleman’s breakfast show that Helen – who split from husband Richie Myler earlier this year – would be appearing on the show.
Helen said: “I’m really looking forward to embarking on a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.”
Ex: Helen is set to star in the upcoming series of Strictly Come Dancing after splitting from her rugby player husband Richie Myler, 32, earlier this year
Helen started her television career in children’s television, presenting Newsround and Blue Peter on the BBC.
While presenting on Blue Peter for 5 years, she took on some incredible challenges including competing in the Namibia Ultra Marathon, cycling to the South Pole and kayaking 2018 miles down the Amazon.
She has since presented shows on various channels including Countryfile, several major sporting events for BBC Sport, ITV’s Lorraine, BT Sport’s FA Women’s Super League football matches.
As well as the hugely successful On The Farm series for Channel 5, she has also presented Channel 4’s Rugby League Super League coverage, Inside The Superbrands and has been a regular on ITV Tonight.
New wife: It follows reports that Helen signed up for Strictly after her estranged husband Richie shared a loved-up snap with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill (pictured)
Helen signed up to Strictly after her estranged husband Richie Myler shared a loved-up snap with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill.
Richie took to Instagram with his new love, 32, earlier this month as they enjoyed a romantic getaway in Cornwall.
Helen announced her split from the rugby star in April – four months after they gave birth to their third child together.
A source told The Mirror that signing up to Strictly would give her a boost, adding: “Marriage breakdown is hard to deal with and Helen has understandably found it difficult. Being on Strictly will no doubt restore her confidence.’
Speaking of the glamorous side of Strictly, Helen said: “Most moms go to work and every mom who has the opportunity to go to work gets her makeup done, her tea made and something fun to learn… I thought that’s not a gift true?’
The Countryfile presenter revealed on her first BBC Radio 5 show since the announcement: “The thing that makes me nervous… I agreed a few days ago and people keep saying, ‘Can you dance?’
“And I say no because it’s not the point to learn to dance?”
STRICTLY COM DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS?
Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter
Kim says: “I am very happy that they made it this year! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’ll be watching from home in my pajamas and actually dancing in front of the judges in a glitter dress.
Profession: radio host
Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I can’t wait to slip on these glitters and sequins and dance the world’s most famous dance floor!’
Profession: Former athlete
Ellie says: “Being asked to join the Strictly family is just so exciting and I can’t wait, it’s going to be so much fun.”
Profession: radio DJ
Tyler says: “It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on this shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.”
Ellie says: “Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of Strictly 2022!’
TONY ADAMS MBE
Profession: Retired footballer and manager
Tony says: “To say I’m excited is an understatement – the allure of sequins and the reputation of salsa make me trade in my battered old football boots for a pair of Strictly Soft shoes.”
Profession: EastEnders actor
James says “I’m not known for my flapping or sparkling toes — in fact, my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing, but it’s an honor to be asked and I’ll do my best.”
Profession: TV and radio stations
Helen says: “I’m really looking forward to embarking on a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.
will says: “I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but that’s what life is about. It’s my mom’s favorite show too and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing it for her too. Bring it on!’
Profession: TV presenter
Kaye says: “I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties unforgettable and I can’t think of a better way than to show the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’
Jayde says, “I’ve been a huge fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and can’t believe I manifested this.
Matt says: “I was retired, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought it was time for me to come home and get out of my way.
Molly says: “I already know it will be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family who I will be sharing it with.”
Fleur says: “I’m equally nervous and excited to be a part of this year’s Strictly line-up. I look forward to learning new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.”
professionn: Wildlife cameraman and moderator
Hamza says: “I am absolutely thrilled to be part of Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on a show this cool.”