This Morning’s showbiz reporter Alison Hammond will be swapping the red carpet for the ballroom as she gears up to take part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
Why did she sign up to the show? ‘Well, first of all, fitness. I want to get my fitness really good. Secondly, I think it’s a beautiful show. It’s a massive institution that I’ve always wanted to do. To be honest with you, I’ve asked maybe the last six years to do Strictly and then this year I didn’t ask and they’re all over me. So the lesson in life is don’t ask – you’ll get it! I’m looking forward to the challenge of it, really. I hope I’m able to do it first of all and I’m a big girl, it’s going to be tough on my body but I’m really excited to embrace the whole thing.’
What’s the most important thing she’s looking for in her dance partner? ‘I’m looking for someone really hot. No, seriously, I’m looking for someone who’s going to teach me with fun because I can’t learn with anybody strict. I hope I get someone I can have fun with, who’ll push me, who’s a bit funky and who’s happy to try out some new shapes on the dance floor. ‘
Alison admits that she loves dancing, ‘I love dancing! I dance at home in the living room but I can only dance for like, one minute. I just need to up that to two minutes for this, don’t I?! I love dancing, I love music but I don’t know how to dance properly, how these guys dance, like the foxtrot and the salsa and samba and all that. Technically, I’m not a good dancer, no. I just throw some shapes on the dance floor and see how it goes.’
Strictly Come Dancing returns at 8pm Sunday on BBC One. Watch Alison’s launch interview below: