Our TV presenter swaps the Celebrity Jungle for the Jive
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She’s got years of experience interviewing the biggest names in music. But getting up and dancing to that music is a whole other world – will the luck of the Irish help DJ and presenter Laura Whitmore?
“I never went to dance school but I love dancing. Anyone who has ever met me knows this,” Laura says. “I just love the endorphins it releases and it ties in to my love of music. I am a bit of a silly dancer so I’m looking forward to a bit of discipline.”
When I had the fitting it was so overwhelming, the costumes make it all so realLaura Whitmore
Born in County Wicklow in 1985, Laura went on to study journalism at Dublin City University and Boston University. Her big break came after winning the Pick Me MTV competition in 2008, resulting in huge presenting jobs across Europe.
For the past five years, Laura’s braved the snakes, the spiders, the unforgiving time difference and Joe Swash as a co-host to bring us all the jungle gossip on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here Now. And while the environment might be a little less harsh here on Strictly, she knows she’s got a tough job on her hands. And setting out to win over a certain judge is going to make it that much tougher: “Len is the one I most want to impress – and it’s his last year as a judge!”
Laura’s hosted live from the BRITs, the BAFTAs, the MTV Movie Awards and the London 2012 Olympics. With huge live events all over her CV, she’s well-equipped for the grand-scale glamour of Strictly. Of course, those presenting skills won’t help her when she’s out there on the dancefloor, but she’s got a uniquely positive attitude:
“I’ve embarrassed myself so much over the years I’m not sure there is anything left I can do. I fell off my chair on I’m a Celeb on live TV.”
Have faith, Laura – we’re sure you can top that!