Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Fern hoped to get Strictly call

Fern Britton is one of this year's celebrity contestants in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing
Fern Britton is one of this year's celebrity contestants in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing hopeful Fern Britton has revealed she had cleared her diary on the off-chance that show bosses would approach her for the series.

And she admitted she is such a fan that she was in tears when her one-off appearance on 2010's Christmas special was over.

She is among the 14 stars who will be seen taking to the dancefloor on Saturday night when the series returns to BBC1.

Former This Morning host Britton said she had been approached in previous years but other work had got in the way.

"I've watched every episode. I'm a big fan," she said.

"I've been asked before. I've always been tempted but I've always had things to do and I couldn't commit to the time.

"And now I deliberately cleared the autumn this year hoping I'd get the phone call again, because you can't apply you have to be invited.

"And oh, thank God, they rang. So I was very lucky."

She trained for the Christmas edition of the show two years ago, competing against names such as Business Secretary Vince Cable and EastEnders actress June Brown.

She said: "I only did it for three weeks and I was bereft, beside myself, I actually did cry in the kitchen. It was quite sad."

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Capricorn:

This is a wonderful opportunity to develop a creative project. Keep a notebook where you can store images, ideas, phrases and melodies that pop into your mind at odd intervals. This treasure trove will help you blast through blocks that held you prisoner in the past. It will also help to devote a set time each day to artistic pursuits. Exercising your imagination on a regular basis will cultivate contentment. There's more to you than your job title.More