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Eamonn Holmes tells of his fear for Ruth as she gets set to sparkle on Strictly

By Kerri-Ann Roper

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes has told how he does not want to see his wife and co-presenter Ruth Langsford hurt "physically or mentally" when she steps onto the stage for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

The Belfast-born broadcaster admitted that he was missing not having her around as she gets stuck into training ahead of the BBC contest's launch this weekend, but said he was ready to support her in any way she needs.

His comments came as he attended the TV Choice Awards at London's Dorchester Hotel last night, where the much-loved programme picked up the prize for best talent show.

He said: "I'm nervous and excited for her, but probably mostly nervous, because I have no idea whether she can dance or not, but we're going to find out.

"I just don't want her hurt, physically or mentally, through what's ahead and I just want her to enjoy the ride, that's the main thing.

"I look forward to being by her side in any way that I can; I'll be there ringside if she wants me, and equally if she doesn't want me there, I'll disappear.

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Ruth Langsford will be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday

"It is tough, it is demanding, I'm missing not seeing her around the place and my job is just to be there for her when she gets home and support her - and when she's not around to sneak out to functions like this."

Earlier, Ruth said she had entered Strictly to come first.

She said: "I'm absolutely going in to this to win it, because why would you not?" asked Langsford.

"In my diary, all those dates are filled in until I lift the Glitterball trophy.

"There's no point going into this thinking, 'Oh you know I'll probably go out in week three'.

"I don't want to go out, I want to stay, I want to learn all the dances and who knows, I might turn out to be brilliant!"

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