Laura Whitmore 'looking for romance' on Strictly Come Dancing
Published 11/08/2016 | 07:20
Bray native Laura (31) is the latest celebrity name confirmed to appear on the hit BBC series and is hoping for a wedding to come out of her stint on the show.
The BBC dance contest has a history of bringing people together, and last month rugby star Ben Cohen and dancer Kristina Rihanoff who were paired on the 2013 series welcomed daughter, Milena.
And the Irish TV presenter believes that among the show's host of hunky dancers she may find her future husband.
"I did laugh when they were talking about your dance partner," she tells British newspaper The Sun. "I was like: 'Is it dance partner or is it a future husband?'"
The 31-year-old has spoken to pals about what she can expect from her Strictly stint and believes that even if she struggles to find romance she will form firm friendships with her fellow contestants and the show's professional dancers.
"Friends who have been on the show told me you make best friends for life," she hopes. "They said you do become close as your dance partner is such a big figure to you and you rely on them so much."
Laura says that even if it's not her who finds love on the show, she hopes someone does begin a romance so she can go to the wedding.
"The show has made a lot of couples. How many relationships have come out of it? Quite a few," she adds. "I'm not looking for anything, but I wouldn't mind going to a wedding if somebody else is looking to get together."
The former I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! host has dated a number of high profile men in the past, with her exes including Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and rocker Miles Kane.
However when signing up to the show she was less worried about finding a man but missing the chance to dance.
"They asked me to take part in the past and I got to the stage where they might not ask me again," she explains. "I don't know anyone who hasn't done it and hasn't loved it."
White revealed that she has been obsessed with the show since series one.
"It's an incredible show and I feel so honoured to be asked to be a part of it. I'm not going to lie, I'm slightly petrified too."
The presenter said she had known for quite some time she would be joining the series but had to keep the information top secret.
"I've known for a while but it's so secretive - you've got fake names and stuff," she said. This year the show has used Shakespearean code names with Whitmore choosing "Lady Macbeth".
Whitmore did Irish dancing as a child but joked that: "It was just the legs that moved. Apparently now I have to use my hands as well."
The ITV presenter is good friends with previous Strictly Come Dancing winner Caroline Flack.
Flack's career was given a major boost thanks to her stint on the show. Following her victory, she returned as host to last year's series of the X Factor and recently presented Love Island.
Whitmore's partner has yet to be revealed but speaking to BBC Radio One's Nick Grimshaw, she said: "I just want someone who can lift me."
Anticipating the levels of fitness required for the series, Laura said she will be hitting the gym hard ahead of her appearance on the show.
With countless hours of rehearsals ahead of her, the show can often take a toll on contestants' bodies if they do not keep their fitness levels up to scratch.
"I'm going to come in here in December and I'll be like the Hulk," she said.
No doubt Laura has her eyes on lifting the coveted Glitterball trophy - but she will have some stiff competition.
Other stars rumoured to be joining the 2016 series of the show include model Daisy Lowe, Geordie Shore's Charlotte Crosby and TV presenter Anna Richardson.
Laura Whitmore is hoping for a wedding to come out of her stint on Strictly Come Dancing.