Strictly fix row as Helen Skelton claims she cant dance despite winning award
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Helen Skelton has insisted she cannot dance ahead of her stint on this year's Strictly Come Dancing – despite winning a tap award named after Ken Dodd.
The 39-year-old Countryfile presenter is set to appear on this year's series of the hit BBC One dancing show, which returns next month.
It comes after her recent marriage split from rugby star Richie Myler back in April this year.
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Last week, Helen said people keep asking her if she can already dance, before claiming she couldn't and that you sign up to the show to learn your way around the ballroom.
She told BBC's radio 5 Live: "People keep saying, ‘Can you dance?’ and I say, ‘No’ because isn’t it the point to learn to dance?"
However, she bagged a prestigious Ken Dodd tap dancing award 22 years ago when she was just a teenager.
When asked to reveal a secret about herself in 2016, Helen said: "I won a Ken Dodd tap-dance award when I was 17."
The Cumbrian star later added: "Not a lot of people know this, but I’m very good at tap dancing. People are often amazed I can tap dance."
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The talented TV presenter reportedly spent her childhood training in tap dance but had ditched the dancing later in life.
Legendary comic Ken Dodd passed away aged 90 in 2018 after being hospitalised with a chest infection.
Helen also graced the BBC ballroom for Strictly's Christmas special in 2012, where she danced with Russian pro Artem Higvintsev and earned high praise from the judges.
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Helen and Artem had performed a jive to Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You.
The Countryfile star is not the only contestant from the 2022 batch boasting previous dancing chops as comedian Jayde Adams used to compete as a disco dancer.
It follows reports that Giovanni Pernice has become the centre of a favouritism row.
According to The Sun, Strictly bosses have planned for Giovanni to dance with Richie Anderson in a same-sex pairing.
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Giovanni won last year's Strictly with deaf EastEnders star Rose Ayling-Ellis.
A source claimed to The Sun: "Some of Gio's fellow pros have raised eyebrows about chat of him getting Richie.
"The last two same sex couples have done really well and the feeling is that whoever gets Richie could go all the way and win it.
"Winning two on the bounce would be great for Gio — but not all of his colleagues feel the same way."
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