Laura Whitmore confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
Published 10/08/2016 | 09:34
Laura Whitmore is the third celebrity contestant confirmed to compete in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The Irish TV presenter joins former shadow chancellor Ed Balls and singer Will Young, who were announced earlier this week.
Whitmore, (31), joined Nick Grimshaw live on the Radio 1 Breakfast Show for the announcement.
"I've always known I wanted to do it, but I was waiting for the right time," Whitmore told Grimshaw, explaining that she had previously had to turn down the opportunity due to other commitments.
The third Strictly Come Dancing contestant said she was an enthusiastic dancer, but admitted: "I like to dance but there's no training involved."
She added: "When I was a kid, I Irish-danced, but not well ... It was just the legs that moved. Apparently now I have to use my hands as well."
Whitmore, who presented spin-off I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here Now! from 2011 to 2015, said her mother was very excited to see her on the BBC show, adding: " That's what she's always wanted me to do."