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Vernon Kay gushes over his wife Tess Daly as he jests that Strictly is ‘like our third child’

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Vernon Kay gushes over his wife Tess Daly as he jests that Strictly is ‘like our third child’… and shares that she has no plans to step down from the show anytime soon

Vernon Kay has revealed that Strictly Come Dancing is like his and Tess Daly’s ‘third child’.

The presenter, 48, opened up about his wife’s long-time presenting gig on the dancing show, sharing that she plans to maintain at it for one more 30 years.

Tess, 53, joined the show back in 2004, and it set to front one other series this month with the its upcoming return – alongside co-host Claudia Winkleman. 

Proud: Vernon Kay, 48, has gushed over his wife Tess Daly, 53, as he jested that Strictly is ‘like our third child’… sharing that she has no plans to step down from the show anytime soon

Detailing his pride of wife Tess during a chat with The Sun, Vernon explained that she plans to follow within the footsteps of Strictly legend Bruce Forsyth – who was the host until he was 86.

Continuing that the feminine duo of Tess and Claudia was game-changing, the presenter explained: ‘Strictly was probably considered one of the primary shows to embrace two women because the predominant anchors of an enormous Saturday night entertainment show.

‘We’ve seen Ant and Dec for many years double-heading a show and I don’t think two women had done that before on such a big scale. So far as prime time entertainment shows go, Claudia and Tess really broke the mould.’

Long-standing: Tess joined the show back in 2004, and it set to front another series this month with the it's upcoming return

Long-standing: Tess joined the show back in 2004, and it set to front one other series this month with the it’s upcoming return

Girl power: Explaining that the female duo of Tess and Claudia was game-changing, Vernon told The Sun: 'Strictly was probably one of the first shows to embrace two women as the main anchors of a huge Saturday night entertainment show.

Girl power: Explaining that the feminine duo of Tess and Claudia was game-changing, Vernon told The Sun: ‘Strictly was probably considered one of the primary shows to embrace two women because the predominant anchors of an enormous Saturday night entertainment show.

The pair, who’ve been married for nearly 20 years, share two children together; Phoebe, 17, and Amber, 13.

But admitting that Strictly plays a key role of their family dynamic too, Vernon described the dancing contest as their ‘third child’.

He continued to the publication: ‘Tess began the show in its infancy — its first ever series when it was only a wee baby.

‘Then we had our first baby and subsequently we had Amber, so we’ve grown up with it as like a member of the family. It sleeps for the vast majority of the 12 months, but come August, after they start prepping outfits and talking about contestants, that’s when that baby comes alive.’

Family: The pair, who have been married for almost 20 years, share two children together; Phoebe, 17, and Amber, 13 (pictured together)

Family: The pair, who’ve been married for nearly 20 years, share two children together; Phoebe, 17, and Amber, 13 (pictured together)

Love story: Tess and Vernon began dating in 2001, before getting married in 2003 (pictured on their wedding day in Sept 2003)

Love story: Tess and Vernon began dating in 2001, before getting married in 2003 (pictured on their wedding day in Sept 2003)

As Vernon dubbed the show ‘a pivotal a part of our lives’, the TV personality even hinted that he’d be up for dusting off his dancing shoes.

Not ruling it out, the star explained that he’d be ‘all ears’ if bosses picked up the phone – but admitted it might be difficult to persist with a routine fairly than ‘freestyle’

Tess and Vernon began dating in 2001, with the previous model joining Strictly just three years later to host alongside Bruce – before Claudia took his place in 2014.

And with the brand new series set to return on 17 September, a bunch of famous faces shall be hitting the dance floor – including Corrie’s Kym Marsh, Bros’ Matt Goss and Loose Women’s Kaye Adams.

STRICTLY COME DANCING 2022: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?

KYM MARSH

Age: 46

Career: Coronation Street star and presenter

Kym says: ‘I’m so delighted that this 12 months they’ve! I’m an enormous fan of the show and might’t imagine I’ll go from watching at home in my pyjamas to truly dancing in front of the judges in a glittery dress.’

RICHIE ANDERSON 

Age: 34

Career: Radio presenter 

Richie says: ‘This can be a dream come true! I cannot wait to get in those sparkles and sequins and shimmy across probably the most famous dance floor on this planet!’

ELLIE SIMMONDS 

Age: 27

Career: Former athlete 

Ellie says: ‘To be asked to be a part of the Strictly family is just so exciting and I cannot wait, it will a lot fun.’

TYLER WEST 

Age: 26

Career: Radio DJ

Tyler says: ‘It is a show meaning a lot to me and my family and I am unable to wait to significantly shake a leg on that shiny dance floor… with a side of sequins.’

ELLIE TAYLOR

 

Age: 38

Career: Comedian

Ellie says: ‘Well, cover me in fake tan and roll me in sequins! I’m absolutely over the moon to be a component of Strictly 2022!’

TONY ADAMS MBE 

Career: Retired footballer and manager

Tony says:  ‘To say I’m excited is an understatement – the lure of the sequins and the decision of the salsa has me swapping my battered old football boots for a set of Strictly soft shoes’

  

JAMES BYE

Age: 38

Career: EastEnders actor

James says ‘I’m not known for my shimmy or my twinkle toes – in truth my kids usually laugh at my dad dancing nevertheless it’s an honour to be asked and I’m going to provide it my best shot.’

HELEN SKELTON

 Age: 39

Career: TV and radio broadcaster

Helen says: ‘I’m really excited to get stuck right into a fun adventure. My family and friends have all the time loved the show and might’t wait for me to start’

WILL MELLOR

Age: 46

Career: Actor

Will says: ‘I do know it should be an enormous challenge but that is what life is all about. This can also be my Mum’s favourite show and he or she’s had a very tough few years so I’m doing that is for her as well. Bring it on!’

 KAYE ADAMS 

 Age: 59 

Career: Television presenter 

Kaye says: ‘I said I desired to make the last 12 months of my fifties memorable and i can not consider a greater way of doing it than showing the world my two left feet. Pray for me!’ 

 JAYDE ADAMS

Age: 37

Career: Comedian

Jayde says: ‘I have been a large fan of the show for years. I feel like I’m watching myself in a dream and I am unable to imagine I’ve manifested this.’

MATT GOSS

Age: 53

Career: Singer

Matt says: ‘I have been reclusive, I come and work after which return to America. I believed, it is time for me to return home and get out of my very own way’

 MOLLY RAINFORD

 Age: 21

Career: Singer 

Molly says: ‘I already realize it’s gonna be an experience of a lifetime and I am unable to wait to satisfy the remainder of the Strictly family I will be sharing it with.’

FLEUR EAST

Age: 34 

Career: Singer

Fleur says: ‘I’m equally nervous and thrilled to be a part of this 12 months’s Strictly line up. I’m excited to learn recent skills and I would like to take in every moment of this magical experience.’

 HAMZA YASSIN

Age: 35

Profession: Wildlife cameraman and presenter

Hamza says: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining Strictly 2022. Never in 1,000,000 years did I believe I’d be on such a cool show.’

 

 

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