Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly shares her top style tips to always looking glamorous, plus a few more things you didn’t know about the blonde bombshell…
Strictly Come Dancing presenter, Tess Daly is married to TV and radio presenter Vernon Kay. They live in South East England with their two daughters, Phoebe, 12, and Amber, seven.
My lead up to the night’s live broadcast of Strictly starts at 9am when I get to the BBC studios in west London. I do voiceovers for the contestants’ video diaries. Sometimes a dancer falls over or bursts into tears, and I always try to be supportive, but it also means changing the video diaries.
It’s definitely a bonus when there are handsome men on the show. My husband Vernon laughs at me drooling over the men when we’re both watching the show at home.
It’s not every day you get to dress so glamorously. But that’s what I love about the show. Sadly, though, I don’t get to keep the beautiful dresses.
I love to dance, but I dance for pleasure. There is no way I’d put myself in the same category as our professionals. Vernon and I slow danced to our first song at our wedding. Well, I was trying to go slow, but he spun me around and kept speeding up. That’s the story of our lives.
I’m a secret Internet shopper. I do it privately, when everyone else is in bed. It’s brilliant, yet lethal.
Vernon told me he was a great cook. “I do the most amazing sea bass,” he said when we met. What he didn’t tell me was that it was his only dish and he does it once every three years! Luckily, I love to cook. Vernon’s a big fan and knows the more compliments he gives me, the more I’ll cook.
My mom and I have always been close. I go to Stockport, where I’m from, every couple of months, or she comes to visit us. We spend time with Phoebe or go shopping.
Prince Charles is a big Strictly fan. I met him at Clarence House when I became an ambassador for Age Concern, an organisation that looks after the interests of the elderly. He said that he’d always wanted to tango. He would be the ultimate contestant!