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Strictly's Helen Skelton reveals new nickname for dance partner Gorka Marquez

The presenter is a mum-of-three

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Phoebe Tatham
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September 28, 2022
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Strictly's Helen Skelton unveiled her new nickname for professional dance partner Gorka Marquez on Wednesday.

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Taking to Instagram, the Countryfile presenter shared a joyful snap alongside 32-year-old Gorka. Alongside the photo, Helen included the caption: "Feet on fire and head exploding but loving every second of this journey...

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"Somehow @gorka_marquez finding time to prank everyone - thank God there's room to laugh. It's been a big old week of training so far and still a lot to do..."

Lifting the lid on her new moniker for Gorka, Helen added: "Here's to the feet and hips doing what the boss says #strictlycomedancing #strictly."

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Helen's fans rushed to the comment section to heap praise on the star, with one writing: "Queen of the North - we're behind you," whilst a second wrote: "So good to see your beautiful smile Helen, hope you have the best time and so much fun on your strictly journey."

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The presenter has been paired with Gorka

"We love your down to earthness, sense of fun and zest for life. You are a fantastic mum too, your children will be so proud of you," wrote a third, and a fourth added: "The picture speaks a thousand words Helen, I feel this will be a magical time for you."

Helen's candid confession comes after she opened up about the challenges she's encountered since joining the dancing competition.

Speaking to the Mirror, she said: "Yesterday when we were getting close, my partner was like, 'Every time I get close to you, you jump away.'" 

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Helen looked gorgeous in her embroidered gown

Helen further revealed that she told her partner how they each need their own space.

The former Blue Peter presenter explained: "Things like that are what you have to get used to," adding: "I think that'll be the challenge."

And last week, Helen dazzled on the dancefloor in her first live show. The couple were awarded a total of 26 points by the judges after performing their American Smooth to You Send Me by Aretha Franklin.

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