Meet Helen Skelton: Strictly Come Dancing 2022 contestant
The presenter, known for Countryfile and formerly Blue Peter, previously scored highly in a Strictly Christmas special.
The new season of Strictly Come Dancing finally began last week, with a fresh line-up of celebrities ready to don some dazzling outfits, douse themselves in fake tan and show off their very best moves.
Among the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 line-up is Countryfile presenter and former Blue Peter co-host Helen Skelton, who placed sixth on the scoreboard last week with her elegant American Smooth. As she wowed the judges, Helen will be hoping to do the same this week, as according to the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 songs and dances information, she will take on the Cha Cha Cha to Rain on Me by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.
It’s not the first time that Skelton has entered the Strictly ballroom: she previously appeared on a Christmas edition of the show back in 2012, when she was paired up with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev and received an impressive 37 out of 40 points for her jive to All I Want for Christmas Is You.
Here’s what you need to know about the TV star.
Who is Helen Skelton?
After taking on supporting roles in Coronation Street and Cutting It, Skelton became a reporter on Newsround in 2007, before becoming co-presenter on Blue Peter from 2008 to 2013. She also started presenting Countryfile in 2008, which she still does to this day.
Skelton has since presented numerous sporting events for the BBC, including the 2016 Olympic Games, has taken part in major Sport Relief challenges in which she has secured world records, and was a contestant on the 2020 season of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins. She also has previous experience with Strictly Come Dancing, having taken part in the show's 2012 Christmas Special.
Helen's Strictly journey
Week 1: American Smooth (6+7+6+7) = 26
Skelton and her professional partner Gorka Marquez danced their way to a respectable 26 points on the Strictly Come Dancing 2022 leaderboard, as they performed the American Smooth to You Send Me by Aretha Franklin.
While the judges praised her "beautiful lines", Anton Du Beke encouraged: "Own the dance because you do it beautifully and that’s all you need to do. Just believe in yourself a bit more because it’s great."
Marquez added of his partner: "‘I think she’s great but I think she just needs to believe [it] – I know her confidence at the moment is not great, but she just needs to believe in herself and believe she can do it because I think she has lots of potential and is a beautiful dancer. I believe in her as well."
What has Helen Skelton said about joining Strictly 2022?
Speaking about joining the show, Skelton said: “I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure."
She continued: "My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started.”
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