Konnie Huq on CBBC’s search for a new Blue Peter presenter

Blue Peter's longest-running female presenter says "just be yourself" to aspiring hosts of the iconic children's TV show

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As CBBC embark on an X-Factor style hunt for the next Blue Peter presenter, RadioTimes.com caught up with Blue Peter veteran Konnie Huq.

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To bag the dream job wanabee hosts will have to endure auditions, elimination stages and a gruelling set of challenges. And while Konnie Huq’s interview process was likely to be less dramatic, she did present Blue Peter between 1997 and 2008, making her the longest-running female presenter of the iconic children’s TV programme, so her advice is certainly worth heeding!

So what are her words of wisdom?

Any aspiring Blue Peter presenters should very simply “just be yourself,” says the star.

Avoiding silly gimmicks and over-the-top TV personalities is a good idea, too.  Huq thinks “the best presenters are natural but everyone’s got their own style.” 

The ex-presenter also revealed that she was asked to take part in the talent show-esque search: “They asked me at one point if I wanted to be a judge but I was sort of in the real throes of motherhood then and I was thinking ‘I can’t even remember my name let alone anything else. I’m sleep deprived!'”

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Konnie Huq and her husband Charlie Brooker, host of BBC2’s Weekly Wipe and the brains behind Black Mirror, welcomed their first child last year.