TV presenter and household name Fern Britton is no stranger to the dancefloor after she dazzled the judges in 2010 on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
Best known for her presenting roles on This Morning and Ready, Steady, Cook, Fern is also a published author and her autobiography remained in the top-10 bestsellers list for 12 weeks.
With a real love of all things ballroom, Fern may prove stiff competition on the dancefloor this series.
What are you looking for from your professional dance partner?
Well all of the professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing are just that – professional. I have the utmost respect for all of them. I think I would choose someone kind, someone patient, but someone who will work me hard. I will give my absolute all if my professional partner is encouraging.
Are you looking forward to entering the full glitzy and glamorous world of Strictly – sequins and spray tan? Have you ever done anything quite like this before?
I am absolutely ready to get on the production line of Strictly. Rather like a car factory I shall arrive as an unformed blob shoved onto the conveyor belt. I shall be sprayed, spangled, totally upholstered and polished ready for the showroom! I cannot wait.
Did you have your eye on any competition when you met your fellow contestants at the promo shoot recently? Who do you think is going to be the one to watch?
Absolutely all of the other contestants are impossibly gorgeous and slinky hipped. Jerry Hall is a complete icon, Victoria Pendleton is a powerhouse, Nicky Byrne and Louis Smith are absolutely adorable. It is going to be a great fun series. Bring it on!