Caroline is one of the UK’s best known TV presenters and over the years has hosted a variety of programmes including I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here Now!, The Xtra Factor and Gladiators.
How are you feeling?
I am going through mixed emotions! I am getting myself geared up by watching old performances and that is making me really excited. But then when I have to go along and actually do things for the show I get really nervous, so I think that is a good mix. I feel balanced!
What made you sign up to Strictly?
I have always wanted to do the show and this year the time was right. Ever since I was a presenter on CBBC and used to see the Strictly judges walking around Television Centre I have wanted to be on the show.
Have you done any special preparation?
Me and my boyfriend have done a bit of practice in the kitchen but that really is about it. The only problem is that my boyfriend is the worst dancer I have ever seen in my entire life! Although to be fair he really does try hard though even if he does move like a mosquito, haha!
Are you competitive?
I don’t know. I’m not sure. I did Dancing on Wheels but that was more of a documentary style programme but that was a completely different experience from Strictly Come Dancing. I’d probably say that I am not very competitive to be honest, maybe it’s because I have a twin sister.
What are your thoughts on embracing the sequins/fake tan?
Being ‘Strictlyfied’ is the opposite to who I am normally, but on this show you definitely have to go with the flow. If you weren’t wearing sequins you would look weird, so I am looking forward to embracing them!
Has anyone given you any tips or hints which you think might come in useful this series?
I don’t know anyone well enough to ask them so I definitely need to make friends with the ex-contestants and get some pointers from them!
Do you have any favourite moments from previous series?
I loved Sophie Ellis Bextor’s Charleston from last year so that was a highlight for me. Sophie was brilliant because she remained true to herself. And Vanessa Feltz’s Waltz made me cry.
Who will be supporting you this series? Family? Other celebs?
I’m not inviting my family and friends to the first show, I’ll be far too nervous! They can come to the second show!