Angela Rippons blunt response to Strictly bosses when they asked her to sign up

Angela Rippons blunt response to Strictly bosses when they asked her to sign up

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Angela Rippon admitted she asked BBC bosses: “Why didn’t you ask me 10 years ago?” when she was approached about taking part in Strictly Come Dancing 2023.

Angela is making history as the oldest Strictly contestant at the age of 78.

Speaking exclusively to Express and other publications, she was asked about the moment she was asked to take part in the hit BBC competition.

“The first words out of my mouth were ‘Why didn’t you ask me 10 years ago? Is this an ask too far?'” She admitted.

On her nerves ahead of the first episode, she added: “I’m not nervous but apprehensive.”

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Angela expressed excitement for some dances though, adding: “I want to learn how to do the Argentine Tango, absolutely.

“All that drama and all that. And I’d love to learn how to do the American Smooth as well, it’s beautiful.”

On warning she’s received, she added: “Everybody that I know that’s done it before has said, ‘It’s going to be hard work but enjoy it.

“However long you are in, enjoy it, because it will be a lot of fun.’ And, you go home and think what am I doing?

“Then you come in and you just have a lot of fun.”

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She went on: “It’s a challenge but it’s one I have decided I’m going to enjoy.”

When asked about the fitness aspect of the show, she explained how she finds it very important to keep herself healthy.

“You never know what you’re going to be asked to do next,” she said.

“There’s a lot of things I’ve done in television which have been very physical….

“I’ve done programmes where I’ve been on my feet for 12 hours and you can’t do that unless you’re fit.”

The legendary broadcaster has branded the idea of taking part in the show “scary”.

She used to host Come Dancing which aired on and off from the 1950s to the 1990s and featured ballroom stars.

The ex-newsreader said it’s “quite an adventure” appearing on Strictly 25 years after her Come Dancing exit.

Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Saturday at 6.35pm.

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