Ben Fogle explains why he was stopped from doing Strictly Come Dancing

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From Good Housekeeping

When it comes to taking part in Strictly Come Dancing, there are all kind of obstacles in place for celebrities, from other work commitments to the fear they won't be very good. Another, it seems, is disapproving children.

TV presenter Ben Fogle has explained he was "very close" to joining Strictly last year, but it ultimately didn't happen as his kids would have found it too embarrassing.

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Photo credit: Darren Gerrish - Getty Images

"My two, Ludo and Iona, have been pretty supportive but they will tell me if I’ve done something they don’t like or if they’re embarrassed by something, for sure," Ben told Metro.

"I was very close to doing Strictly last year [Iona screams in the background ‘No!’] — there you go, you can hear them now! — but they were absolutely adamant it would be the most embarrassing thing that had ever happened to them in their lives.

"So it didn’t happen because they are my harshest critics and I couldn’t bear the shame of it all," he went on.

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While many people who do take the plunge and join Strictly end up loving it, that's not the case for everyone. Former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips - who appeared on the show in 2005 - recently said she should never have done so.

"I should never have done it," Fiona told The Mirror. "Even as a teenager I hated getting on the dance floor.

She added: "I felt so self-conscious, but I thought, 'I will have a professional dancer and it's a nice programme'.

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Photo credit: David M. Benett - Getty Images

"But Brendan [Cole, her partner in the show] is a rough old taskmaster and really wanted to be number one or nothing. I just wasn't very good.

"I became a comedy type figure. I'm not glad I did it, but it was an experience."

Strictly Come Dancing will air later this year on BBC One.

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