Anneka Rice is the 15th and final celebrity contestant to be confirmed to have signed up for Strictly Come Dancing.
The veteran broadcaster, 60, joked that she has not “got a shimmy in me” and that she is this year’s “Ann Widdecombe figure” as she was unveiled on Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2.
Rice said: “Oh the stress of being the last person. Even though it’s been in the papers for weeks, because I haven’t told anyone, not even my family.
“It was very easy to deflect people because nobody ever thought I would do it.”
She added: “I have never danced in front of one member of my family or anyone who knows me.
“I haven’t danced since I was seven, since I was sacked from ballet because I looked like a big pudding, a rice pudding, that was my nickname.
“She sent me home because I was plain and podgy, so I haven’t danced since because I’ve had a complete thing about it.
“My sons said it’s a joke but this is the year for me, my last son has just left university.
“I’m feeling reckless, I’ve done two reckless things this year, I did stand-up for the first time and I took part in the Sky Arts portrait artist of the year competition, having never drawn a head before.”
Rice said she attempted a Zumba class in 2011, but it was a “disaster” and that she could not follow it at all.
The TV stalwart, known for flitting across the country in colourful jumpsuits on Channel 4 gameshow Treasure Hunt and then her own series Challenge Anneka in the 1980s and 1990s, said she is not a “girly girl” and is concerned about wearing “flouncy” dresses on the dance floor.
Rice followed double Olympic gold medal-winning rower James Cracknell, who was confirmed as the 14th star on the Strictly line-up earlier on Wednesday.
The sports star, who was unveiled on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said that his ex-wife Beverley Turner had previously banned him from taking part in the show because of the so-called Strictly curse.
The former rowing world champion said of his family’s response to him joining this year: “They’re really embarrassed for me!
“Bev was supportive and the kids went ‘No’.”
“My 15-year-old said ‘You’ve got to do some dad dancing’. That is my dancing!”
This year’s Strictly line-up is also comprised of former football stars Alex Scott and David James, Made In Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage, Paralympic champion Will Bayley, ex-Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, EastEnders star Emma Barton, comedian Chris Ramsey, YouTube personality Saffron Barker, Radio 1 DJ Dev Griffin, chef and socialite Emma, Viscountess Weymouth, BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell and children’s TV host Karim Zeroual.