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Strictly star Helen Skelton reveals she would like to compete on ITV’s Dancing On Ice

Helen Skelton has expressed interest in taking part in ITV’s Dancing On Ice but has instead signed up for rival BBC show Strictly Come Dancing.

The Countryfile host, 39, was the latest celebrity contestant to be confirmed for the series after signing on at the last minute.

Before her role in Strictly was announced, Helen told The Sun: “I like to do anything that challenges me.”

She expressed interest in participating in I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! But then revealed: “I would love Dancing On Ice. Where else can you learn ice dancing?’

Helen also explained, “I don’t have a career plan and I never have one. I try not to worry about the future. I just say yes to things that put food on my table and a smile on my face.”

Regan Gascoigne was crowned the winner of Dancing On Ice 2022, beating Brendan Cole and Kimberly Wyatt in one of the closest finals in the show’s history.

Helen – who was widely tipped to take part in the BBC ballroom show – said when the news was first announced: “I’m really looking forward to diving into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.”

On her first BBC Radio 5 show since the announcement, Helen criticized her dancing skills but explained she can’t wait to learn.

Helen told listeners, “I can’t decide if it’s the best or the worst I’ve agreed to and it hasn’t started yet!”

She went on to explain that she only signed up a few days ago: “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?’

Speaking of the glamor side of Strictly, she 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?’

Former Strictly winner Ore Oduba joined the program as the couple discussed how demanding the dance show can be while predicting Helen will go home with the Glitterball trophy.

The mother of three started her television career on 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.

Helen was devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler, 32, ended their eight-year marriage and began a relationship with new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, 32.

Rugby star Richie announced his split from the TV presenter in April – four months after they gave birth to their third child together – and his relationship with Stephanie came to light just days later.

Stephanie is the daughter of Andrew Thirkill who is one of the richest businessmen in Leeds and is worth an estimated £175million.

Helen was said to have felt “confused” by the breakdown in her marriage, and a source close to the couple told MailOnline: “Helen is absolutely devastated.”

The former couple are parents to two young sons, Ernie, six, Louis, five, and daughter Elsie Kate, seven months.

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