Helen Skelton shares emotional Strictly post after fix claim

Strictly: Helen Skelton reacts to ‘fix’ claims

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Strictly Come Dancing star Helen Skelton, 39, took to Instagram to share a reel of her moments from the launch show, which included a selfie of her and Kym Marsh, a snap of her sharing a pizza with Ellie Taylor and a group picture of her fellow competitors this series.

The presenter will battle it out for the Glitterball trophy alongside; Kym, Ellie, Will Mellor, Richie Anderson, Kaye Adams, Jayde Adams, Ellie Simmonds, Fleur East, James Bye, Molly Rainford, Hamza Yassin and Tony Adams MBE.

Despite being rivals, Helen proved all is well behind-the-scenes so far as she told fans she understood why people raved about taking part.

In view of her 325,000 followers, she wrote: “Totally understand why people rave about being part of this show in the way they do…

“Smiles and laughter are infectious. Very grateful to be part of the class of “22” still in awe this is technically work.

“For however long it lasts I have already made memories to last a life time. #strictly #launchshow #strictlycomedancing #grateful #bbc.”

Many of Helen’s fans flocked to her post to comment.

Julia Bradbury wrote: “CANT WAIT!”

Ex winner Ore Oduba added: “Ahhh you’re gonna love it Skelts.”

Lizzie Fee commented: “I’m so happy and excited for you darling it’s just the best xx.”

Helen’s post comes after she hit back at claims she was at an advantage on the show, due to winning a tap dancing competition as a child.

A resurfaced clip of the presenter winning the Ken Dodd award prompted many to call the show a “fix”.

When asked by Lorraine Kelly if her tap dancing history will help her on the journey, she said: “I find that so funny, you know they said ‘It’s a fix! Helen’s a tap dancing champion!’

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“I was like, ‘When I was seven, yes, I did tap dancing’.

“I did dancing, absolutely loved it, hit an age when I didn’t want to wear a leotard in public and I gave it up,” she continued.

“I wish that I hadn’t. But now, bring it back!”

Fans may also remember that Helen took to the Strictly dance floor back in 2012 for a Christmas special.

The former Countryfile star was partnered with Artem Chigvintsev, a winning professional, and danced to All I Need for Christmas Is You.

The dancing duo impressed the judges with their moves and scored an impressive 37 out of 40.

Last year, Giovanni Pernice and Strictly’s first ever deaf contestant Rose Ayling-Ellis won the Glitterball trophy.

Strictly Come Dancing’s launch show kicks off September 17 at 6.10pm on BBC One.

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