Vernon Kay says he dances like a drunk giraffe as he shares how Strictly impacts family

Strictly: Vernon Kay says he’d be like a ‘drunk giraffe’

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Vernon Kay has revealed that he’s not yet been asked to take part in BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, despite the fact that his wife Tess Daly has presented the show for 17 years. The TV host, who was a runner-up on reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! earlier last year, admitted that he wouldn’t be the best dancer on the show.

He joked that he would look like a “drunk giraffe” while talking about the programme during an appearance on Lorraine Kelly’s ITV show today.

The 47-year-old, who celebrated his birthday earlier this week, said the dancing competition can become all-consuming in his household.

He admitted the family are on the edge of their seats when the series kicks off in Autumn.

Vernon and the couple’s children Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, are lucky enough to receive insider knowledge thanks to Tess’ involvement.

When asked if he’d ever been approached to star in the show, the Game of Talents host told Lorraine: “No one’s ever suggested it to me.

“To be honest with you, I’d be like a drunk giraffe on the dance floor.

“I mean, it takes so long for my brain to send signals to my feet, I’d be all over the place,” the 6ft 4 star added.

Vernon went on to talk about the behind-the-scenes action during the build-up to a new series.

“Strictly starts for us in the beginning of October, when all the press and photoshoots start to take place and Tess is really busy.

“But then it really does consume us because we kind of get an inside scoop, so we are really on the edge of our seats come show day on Saturday, because we know what’s been going on behind-the-scenes – who’s wearing what, what they are dancing to.

“So we kind of get all the pre-excitement before the show goes live on the Saturday.”

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Television presenter Tess has fronted the programme since it first aired in 2004.

She originally hosted the show with the late Bruce Forsyth and now works alongside Claudia Winkleman.

Vernon joked that Strictly had been broadcast for so long that viewers now think they have gained enough knowledge of ballroom and Latin dancing that they can judge the performances themselves.

“Because it’s been on so long we all think we can judge dancing,” he told the host.

Following his successful stint in the castle, Vernon landed his own game show.

Game of Talents aired on ITV earlier this month.

He roped his wife and her co-star Craig Revel Horwood into appearing in the very first episode.

Vernon said it was “really nice” to have the pair on the show and to see the judge in a different light.

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