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Ready to rumba: Eamonn's wife Ruth to put dancing shoes on for Strictly


Ruth Langsford is set for Strictly

Ruth Langsford is set for Strictly

Ruth Langsford is set for Strictly

Daytime television presenter Ruth Langsford will be donning the sequins as she prepares to compete for this year's Strictly Come Dancing trophy.

Langsford - wife of Belfast-born broadcaster Eamonn Holmes - will be joining the likes of The Saturdays singer Mollie King and EastEnders actor Davood Ghadami.

The This Morning and Loose Women star made the announcement during yesterday's show after emerging from behind one of three glittery doors, declaring: "It's me!"

Her husband and co-star, presenter Eamonn, feigned surprise, saying: "What sort of marriage is this?"

Langsford replied: "Did I not mention it? It's definitely me!"

She added: "I have dreamt about doing Strictly for so long, I can't quite believe my dream has come true!

"The sum of my dance experience is throwing a few shapes at a party, I've never had a dance lesson in my life.

"Without doubt it will be the scariest yet most exciting thing I've ever done." Ruth also said she expects Eamonn to be in the audience to watch her every week.

Eamonn joked that his wife will be "an inspiration to older women around the country".

He told former Strictly professional Karen Hardy: "Here is my worry, I think Strictly is fine for people between jobs with a lot of time on their hands.

"She is flat out at the minute."

He jokingly added: "She's got a lot of work and she has family responsibilities which I think may be neglected. I am going to have to worry about who and what I'm coming home to at night, what is going to be on the table and what is in the fridge.

"Where is she going to find the time?"

But Karen responded: "Eamonn, you're going to be stepping up, doing the washing.

"The practice is a minimum four hours a day and if you can up it to eight, that is what you want. As she gets near the final that goes from about five to six days a week to seven days a week."

Eamonn replied: "I am so proud and I think you will be an inspiration for older women everywhere around the country - instead of hot flushes, hot moves."

Following the announcement, Eamonn posted on Twitter: "My lovely (Ruth) is taking to the dancefloor.

"Wish her well. I'm so proud... but nervous for her."

Other rumoured contestants to participate in this year's contest include comedian Brian Conley, singer Matt Goss, and Dame Joan Collins.

Belfast Telegraph