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Saturday 20 December 2014

Alex Jones staying on One Show

Alex Jones is taking part in a gruelling rickshaw challenge to raise money for Children In Need
Alex Jones is taking part in a gruelling rickshaw challenge to raise money for Children In Need

Alex Jones has said nothing could tempt her away from The One Show sofa.

The presenter, 36, who fronts the BBC One show with Matt Baker and Chris Evans, replaced Christine Bleakley in August 2010.

But she said: "I still feel pretty new. Matt and I feel really settled on the show, and Chris and I on the Fridays. It's just the best job in the world.

"I would stay there for as long as that sofa is on people's screens. I absolutely love it, it encompasses such a lot of stuff; things like the rickshaw challenge. We're very lucky to be invited into people's homes every night."

Alex, who is taking part in a 700-mile rickshaw challenge to raise money for Children In Need, took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2011 and said it's hard to predict who's going to win this year because the celebrities are so talented.

"It's quite hard (to judge) because the standard's pretty good again this year. I think Natalie (Gumede) is head and shoulders above everybody else.

"She's absolutely incredible, but will she win? I don't know. I really like Ashley (Taylor Dawson), I think he's coming across really well and the fact that he's managed to have a baby right at the beginning and still carry on is testament to him."

Alex said that there was one reality show that she would definitely not do - I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The presenter said: "I'm not really a jungle person. Hats off to everybody who does take part, but it's not for me."

:: Alex is completing the Rickshaw Challenge to raise money for BBC Children In Need. For more info or to donate, visit bbc.co.uk/Pudsey.

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