"I am going to give it my very best and enjoy what's bound to be a great adventure."
BBC Breakfast newsreader, Naga Munchetty has been announced as one of the latest contestants on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
The 41 year old journalist is said to be the ninth celebrity contestant on the popular ballroom dancing reality show’s latest series.
“I’ve always enjoyed watching Strictly. It’s a brilliant show and it’s lots of fun,” she said.
“I was so surprised to be asked to take part.”
“I never thought i’d have the courage to say yes, but it would be simply silly to turn down the chance to learn to dance with a professional.”
“I am going to give it my very best and enjoy what’s bound to be a great adventure.”
Naga revealed the news as she presented Thursday morning’s BBC Breakfast show.
She was joined by former Strictly contestant and BBC weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood.
“Don’t be frightened of it, enjoy it and really just let go,” Carol told her.
Naga spoke of her excitement to be on the show but also admitted that she is petrified to show off her dance moves.
“I am equally excited, nervous and scared – I can’t wait to start training.”
“The only way I think I can really embarrass myself is not giving 100%.”
“If you’re going to do something – always be the best at it. Always do your best.”
Naga who has been a BBC presenter since 2009 may be nervous about showing off her moves, but she’s not unfamiliar with TV competition.
She took part in and she won in an episode of Celebrity Mastermind in 2013.
Naga, among the other contestants will be taught to dance by their partners and perform live each week for viewer’s votes.
But she is all ready for the competition and already knows who she would like as her partner.
“I really like Karen, she’s a pocket rocket and full of fire and I think she would be able to whip me into shape.”
Some of the other contestants for this year’s show include television presenter Melvin Odoom, former Hollyoaks actor Danny Mac and singer Louise Redknapp.
Strictly Come Dancing has been proving as a hit on BBC since 2004 and has won over 8 awards including the BAFTA TV Award for Best Entertainment Program.
This year’s show will be presented by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.
Strictly will return to screens in September on BBC One for it’s 14th series.