Self-confessed “control freak” Naga Munchetty has admitted to having reservations about appearing on Strictly Come Dancing as “spinning around in sequins” could be at odds with her serious persona as a newsreader.
The BBC Breakfast presenter is one of 15 stars taking part in the BBC One programme this year but she did not immediately sign up when approached.
She told Radio Times: “I had a lot of reservations. I’ve got a serious persona on air and it’s important the public trust and respect me.
“I was concerned they’d see me spinning around in sequins then not take what I’m saying as seriously.”
The 41-year-old newsreader said viewers will be seeing a different side to her as she hits the dance floor with professional dancer Pasha Kovalev, although she will have difficulty losing her control.
She said: “(Viewers) are going to see someone who isn’t as in control. It’s going to be hard – I’m a bit of a control freak!”
With regards to her clothing on the series – which is known for dressing its stars in often minimal, glitzy ballroom items – Naga said she is she is excited to have a change from her “quite conservative” day-to-day look.
Naga’s co-star Will Young has also expressed his delight in getting to don glamorous garments on the popular show.
He told the magazine that he has been working on his fitness and intends to wear “tight” outfits to curry favour with judge Bruno Tonioli.
The singer, 37, said: “(My dance partner) Karen (Clifton) tells me Bruno likes tight clothes. It gets you points. The tighter the clothes, the better it is for you. So we’re getting tight!”
Model Daisy Lowe is excited about the potential for glamour on the series.
The 27-year-old said: “I’m such a magpie for sparkles. I’ve been a model for 12 years so nothing fazes me. On my first day I was like, ‘Go on, give it to me! Do whatever you want!’”
Other stars taking part in this year’s series of Strictly include former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, veteran TV actress Lesley Joseph, US singer Anastacia and TV presenter Laura Whitmore.
The new series of Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One on Friday. This week’s Radio Times is on sale today.