I’m waltzing on to Strictly to find love! BBC’s Helen Skelton signs up for TV dance contest in search of romance after split from husband
Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has signed up to appear on Strictly Come Dancing – in a bid to find new love.
The star, who was left devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler ended their eight-year marriage, is said to be ‘super excited’ at the prospect that she could find a partner on the show.
Since it launched in 2004, the popular BBC1 Saturday night programme has been tarnished by its reputation for splitting up married couples.
But in an unusual twist, mother-of-three Miss Skelton, 38, is using her new role to find happiness again.
Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton has signed up to appear on Strictly Come Dancing – in a bid to find new love
A source close to Miss Skelton told the Daily Mail: ‘This is quite the opposite of the Strictly curse. Helen has already lost the love of her life, now she wants to find a new one.
‘She cannot wait to get stuck into it all, she has been through the most difficult of times, so this is going to open so many doors for her.
‘The negotiations have been going on for some time but the BBC are delighted that they have managed to get Helen on board. They think it’s going to be great, and so does Helen.
‘She is going to make the best of this, and enjoy it.’
The BBC yesterday refused to comment on the signing but is expected to make the announcement on Friday.
The star, who was left devastated earlier this year when her husband Richie Myler ended their eight-year marriage, is said to be ‘super excited’ at the prospect that she could find a partner on the show
Former Blue Peter presenter Miss Skelton will become one of the better known faces of the forthcoming Strictly series. Yesterday the BBC announced the signing of comedian Ellie-Jayne Taylor.
Also on the roster is comic Jayde Adams, Radio 2 travel reader Richie Anderson, actor Will Mellor, actress Kym Marsh, ex-Bros singer Matt Goss and Loose Women panellist Kaye Adams.
In April Miss Skelton revealed that she and rugby player Myler, 31, had split after he moved out of their home. She wrote on Instagram: ‘Very sad to say Richie and I are no longer a couple. He has left the family home. We will be doing our best to co-parent our small children.’
Neither Miss Skelton or Myler said what was the reason behind the split. Shortly after, it was revealed that Myler was in a relationship with Stephanie Thirkill, 32, whose father Andrew is president of the Leeds Rhinos rugby team for which he plays.