Marriage-split star Helen Skelton says she signed for Strictly to cheer herself up and "smile" again.
In April, the former Blue Peter host and her rugby player husband Richie Myler – who have three children – broke up after nine years together.
And when asked why she agreed to do Strictly, Helen said: "I just wanted to do something fun. It was a good chance for my family to see me smiling and it’s a fun adventure."
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But she admits it may be a struggle to get close to her hunky male dancer on the BBC show.
Helen, 39, added: "I’m not that touchy-feely, so I think the physical closeness I’ll need to have with my partner will take a bit of getting used to!"
It comes after the Countryfile star admitted that she would like to do Dancing on Ice.
Speaking before her participation on Strictly was revealed, Helen said: “I like to do anything that challenges me.
"I’d love Dancing On Ice. Where else can you learn to be an ice dancer?
"I don’t have a career plan and never have. 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."
She said ITV’s I'm a Celebrity… Get Me out Of Here! would also be a good choice, but her role in Strictly only came last month and she felt up to the challenge.
It comes after Helen previously hinted at her return to the show, 10 years after appearing on the Christmas special of the hit dance competition.
Helen said: "I only said yes the other day. I thought it would be madness not to do it."
Strictly Come Dancing 2022 launch show takes place on Friday, September 23 on BBC One at 7pm
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