But the Countryfile TV star and broadcaster cannot wait to swap farmwear for frocks on the BBC dance present – just eight months after giving birth. Helen, 39 – tipped 6/1 second favourite to win behind singer Fleur East at 7/2 – admitted yesterday: “I simply needed to put on good dresses. I work on farms. I watch cows give start and stand in wellies.”
“I can’t decide whether it’s one of the best or worst factor I even have ever agreed to. And I haven’t even started yet.
“I cannot dance and I feel sick once I hear the theme tune.
“Literally, I agreed a couple of days in the past. They ask me, can I dance? And I say, ‘No…is not the point to go on it to be taught to dance?’.”
But Helen, whose eight-year marriage to Leeds Rhinos rugby player Richie Myler led to April, is assured she can juggle being a mum to Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and baby Elsie with Strictly’s powerful regime.
She mentioned: “Any mum who will get a chance to go work and have their make-up carried out, their tea made and they be taught one thing enjoyable – that is a gift, is not it.”
The different Strictly hopefuls embody Fleur, 34, EastEnders’ James Bye, 38, actress/comic Ellie Taylor, 38, singer Matt Goss, 53, radio’s Tyler West, 26, ex-England footballer Tony Adams, 55, and singer and CBBC star Molly Rainford, 21.
Completing the line-up are Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds, 27, comedian Jayde Adams, 37, 46-year-old Corrie stars Will Mellor and Kym Marsh, Loose Women’s Kaye Adams, 59, radio and TV’s Richie Anderson, 34, and wildlife cameraman and host Hamza Yassin, 32.
The launch show is due to be recorded on September 7.