Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Fern: Strictly showed off 'real me'

Fern Britton said 'I don't mind making a fool of myself'

Fern Britton said her performances on Strictly Come Dancing had shown people "the real me".

The presenter, who was voted off the BBC ballroom show last month after dancing a steamy salsa with Artem Chigvintsev, said she revelled in her new glamorous image.

She told Hello! Magazine: "You all think I'm mumsy, mumsy, but I'm not.

"That's the real me. I know how to have a good time, I like to be extrovert and I don't mind making a fool of myself.

"I comfort myself with the feeling that the audience know me and that I'm prepared to have a go at things.

"I don't think they're ever shocked by anything that happens to me. I got such lovely messages saying, 'Go, girl'."

The 55-year-old, who hosted ITV's This Morning for 10 years, said she had impressed Artem.

She said: "At the end, even Artem said, 'You've made me a better person', and gave me a big bunch of flowers."

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