Strictly star Helen Skelton looks incredible as she heads to work in skintight black leather leggings

STRICTLY star Helen Skelton looked incredible in skintight leggings as she took a break from dance practice and returned to her day job.

The broadcaster, 39, hosts Channel 4’s rugby league coverage and was in fine spirits at Huddersfield Giant’s play-off against Salford Red Devils.

Helen Skelton was at the helm of Channel 4’s rugby league coverage todayCredit: JOHN MATHER/IMAGE VIEWPHOTOGRAPHY
The presenter is part of this year's Strictly line-up

The presenter is part of this year’s Strictly line-upCredit: JOHN MATHER/IMAGE VIEWPHOTOGRAPHY
Helen will give the show her all
Helen will give the show her allCredit: BBC

Helen, who split from Leeds Rhinos star Richie Myler earlier this year, was all smiles outside the John Smith’s Stadium, with her wavy blonde hair falling over her oversized black jumper.

Rehearsals for the hit BBC One ballroom dancing competition kicked off this week with the cast of new brave celebrities mingling together for the first time.

TV presenter Helen was quick to give fans a look at the shenanigans backstage as she showcased a series of snaps from her first days on set.

The Strictly star looked eager to get going, with a smile across her face as she held a slice of pizza during her lunch break.

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Helen playfully posed alongside co-stars such as Fleur East and Kaye Adams as they began the gruelling training schedule.

Captioning the photos, former Blue Peter star Helen was quick to describe the ‘infectious’ energy she felt on set.

The star wrote: “Totally understand why people rave about being part of this show in the way they do…. Smiles and laughter are infectious.”

Helen continued: “Very grateful to be part of the class of “22” still in awe this is technically work. For however long it lasts I have already made memories to last a life time.”

The sneak peak offers a rare opportunity for fans to see what life is really like on the hit show.

The new series, which kicks off on the 17th September, is set to feature a return of fan favourite features such as Blackpool Week after Covid previously put a stop to it.

Helen won a tap dancing award in the past, sparking a debate as to whether she has an unfair advantage.

Asked to reveal a secret about herself in an interview in 2016, ex-Blue Peter favourite Helen replied: “I won a Ken Dodd tap-dance award when I was 17.”

She later said: “Not a lot of people know this, but I’m very good at tap dancing. People are often amazed I can tap dance.”

The TV presenter addressed The Sun’s story and her tap dancing days, which culminated in her winning the prize aged 17, on ITV’s Lorraine.

She said: “I found it so funny when they said it was a fix that I did the tap dancing.

“When I was a little girl I did do dancing, but I didn’t want to wear a leotard in public.”

Helen has treated fans to a peak at life behind the scenes on Strictly
Helen has treated fans to a peak at life behind the scenes on StrictlyCredit: instagram
The whole gang was out in force for the first week of rehearsals
The whole gang was out in force for the first week of rehearsalsCredit: instagram
Helen playfully posed with actress Kym Marsh as they matched in pink sets
Helen playfully posed with actress Kym Marsh as they matched in pink setsCredit: instagram
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