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Helen Skelton shares fun behind-the-scenes snaps as she films Strictly launch episode

Helen Skelton has given a behind-the-scenes look as she and her fellow celebrities filmed the Strictly Come Dancing launch show.

The Countryfile presenter, 39, took to Instagram on Thursday to share a compilation video of snaps from her time filming this week and by the looks of things, she and her pals have had a hoot.

Captioning her post, Helen remarked: ‘Totally understand why people rave about being part of this show.’ 

Sneaky peek: Helen Skelton has given a behind-the-scenes look as she and her fellow celebrities filmed the Strictly Come Dancing launch show

Helen is one of the 15 famous faces taking part in the 20th series of the hit BBC One show. 

Among her images, she is seen eating pizza with Ellie Taylor, while another sees her pose alongside Jane Moore, Fleur East, Matt Goss and Jayde Adams. 

While another sees a group photo of all 15 contestants posing on Strictly’s famous steps.

Helen also uploaded another photo of herself, Fleur and Jane posing in the studios, while a further snap shows herself and Kym Marsh chilling out backstage.

Fun: The Countryfile presenter, 39, took to Instagram on Thursday to share a compilation video of snaps from her time filming this week and by the looks of things, she and her pals have had a hoot

Other images sees the TV star larking about with her hair and make-up team, with another snaps sees the boys bonding backstage.

Writing alongside the images, Helen 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.’

Group shot: While another sees a group photo of all 15 contestants posing on Strictly’s famous steps

Trio: Helen also uploaded another photo of herself, Fleur and Jane posing in the studios

Pink ladies: A further snap shows herself and Kym Marsh chilling out backstage

Exciting times: Helen is one of the 15 famous faces taking part in the 20th series of the hit BBC One show

Helen’s post was met with a plethora of supportive messages from her showbiz pals.  

It comes after Helen hit back at ‘fix’ claims that arose after she signed up to the dancing show which will launch next Saturday. 

The beauty appeared on Wednesday’s Lorraine to set the record straight after it emerged last month that she won a Ken Dodd tap dancing award aged 17.

Here comes the boys: The lads were seen bonding backstage during rehearsals

Thrilled: Captioning her post, Helen remarked: ‘Totally understand why people rave about being part of this show’

Having their say: Helen’s post was met with a plethora of supportive messages from her showbiz pals

She said on the daytime TV show: ‘I found it so funny when they said it was a fix that I did the tap dancing. 

‘When I was a little girl I did do dancing, but I didn’t want to wear a leotard in public.’

She went on to speak about the show in general, saying: ‘When they asked me to do Strictly – I was hesitant – but my friends made me do it.

Having her say: It comes after Helen hit back at Strictly ‘fix’ claims that arose after she signed up to the dancing show which will launch next Saturday

Talented: The beauty appeared on Wednesday’s Lorraine to set the record straight after it emerged last month that she won a Ken Dodd tap dancing award aged 17 (pictured in the 00s)

‘Who else gets to go to work and get all dressed up!

‘For me, I love the challenge and the learning and technically it is work and it’s really nice to work on a programme my mum and dad want to watch, they are so excited.’

Last month The Sun reported that Helen won a dance competition in her teenage years.

In a 2016 interview, she was asked to reveal a little known secret about herself, and she explained: ‘I won a Ken Dodd tap-dance award when I was 17.’

Wow! The presenter allegedly devoted her childhood years to training and even received excellent marks from the Strictly judges during her stint in the 2012 Christmas special

And she later added: ‘Not a lot of people know this, but I’m very good at tap dancing. People are often amazed I can tap dance.’ 

The revelation came as she insisted she couldn’t dance, telling BBC Radio 5 Live last week: ‘People keep saying, “Can you dance?” and I say, “No,” because isn’t it the point to learn to dance?’ 

Helen allegedly devoted her childhood years to dance training and even received excellent marks from the Strictly judges during her stint in the 2012 Christmas special.

Light-hearted: She said on the daytime TV show: ‘I found it so funny when they said it was a fix that I did the tap dancing!’ 

Meanwhile, Helen recently admitted she’s taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to be a ‘good role model’ to her kids.

The presenter shares Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and Elsie, seven-months with her ex Richie Myler. 

Speaking to The Mirror, Helen explained: ‘I am a huge Strictly fan but my kids are not into it at all, which is annoying.’ 

In an interview with the publication before it was revealed she was taking part in the show, Helen said: ‘I choose my jobs around what works for my family. 

Family: Meanwhile, Helen recently admitted she’s taking part in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing to be a ‘good role model’ to her kids

‘I just want my kids to believe they can do anything they want. I want to show them that if Mummy can do it, then they can do it too. I just want to be a good role model and lead by example.

‘I always tell the kids they can do anything they want in life, but I think parents have to show them that too.

‘I love giving my kids life experience and taking them to work with me.’

In an interview with The Mirror before it was revealed she was taking part in the show, Helen said: ‘I choose my jobs around what works for my family’

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

Age: 46

Profession: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this year they have! I’m a huge fan of the show and can’t believe I’m going to go from watching at home in my pyjamas to actually dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

RICHIE ANDERSON 

Age: 34

Profession: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This is a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across the most famous dance floor in the world!’

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Age: 27

Profession: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it’s going to so much fun.’

TYLER WEST 

Age: 26

Profession: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It’s a show that means so much to me and my family and I can’t wait to seriously shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

ELLIE TAYLOR

 

Age: 38

Profession: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a part of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Age: 55 

Profession: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the call of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

  

JAMES BYE

Age: 38

Profession: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in fact my kids regularly laugh at my dad dancing but it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to give it my best shot.’

HELEN SKELTON

 Age: 39

Profession: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck into a fun adventure. My family and friends have always loved the show and can’t wait for me to get started’

WILL MELLOR

Age: 46

Profession: Actor

Will says: ‘I know it will be a huge challenge but that’s what life is all about. This is also my Mum’s favourite show and she’s had a really tough few years so I’m doing this is for her as well. Bring it on!’

 KAYE ADAMS 

 Age: 59 

Profession: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I wanted to make the last year of my fifties memorable and i can’t think of a better way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 JAYDE ADAMS

Age: 37

Profession: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I’ve been a massive fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I can’t believe I’ve manifested this.’

MATT GOSS

Age: 53

Profession: Singer

Matt says: ‘I’ve been reclusive, I come and work and then go back to America. I thought, it’s time for me to come home and get out of my own way’

 MOLLY RAINFORD

 Age: 21

Profession: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already know it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the Strictly family I’ll be sharing it with.’

FLEUR EAST

Age: 34 

Profession: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be part of this year’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn new skills and I want to soak up every moment of this magical experience.’

 HAMZA YASSIN

Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I am absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in a million years did I think I’d be on such a cool show.’

 

 

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