Helen Skelton has compared ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ to “being in Disneyland”.

Helen Skelton loves being on Strictly

Helen Skelton loves being on Strictly

The BBC Radio 5 Live DJ gushed over her gratitude to be involved with the “one in a lifetime opportunity” to compete for the Glitterball trophy on the BBC One Latin and ballroom competition - which is judged by Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel-Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Anton Du Beke - and compared it to the so-called Happiest Place on Earth.

The 39-year-old broadcaster told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I’m just really grateful to be involved. 'Strictly' is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s like being in Disneyland."

Helen - who has sons Ernie, seven, Louis, five, and 10-month-old daughter Elise with her ex Richie Myler, 32, who is now expecting a baby with his new girlfriend Stephanie Thirkill, 32 - believes she is like any other “working parent” but her job is a bit more glam.

She said: “I’m no different to any working parent. Every working parent has things to manage and things to juggle. The only difference is my work is a ridiculously shiny, glittery experience where someone paints your face and makes you thinner.”

The ‘Countryfile’ presenter praised her professional partner Gorka Marquez while calling herself “very lucky” to be learning from him.

Helen - who is competing with the likes of Will Mellor and Fleur East- labelled the 32-year-old pro “a world-class dancer who spends all day teaching me how to dance. I’m very lucky, every bit is joyous".

She continued: “I knew it would be good. I didn’t know it would be this good. I can see why when people are in it. They gush about the team, experience and how keen they are to stay in. I totally get that. Before I came into it, I thought ‘oh yeah, it’ll be nice’. But it’s literally like being in Disneyland.”