Steve Backshall has admitted he is still coming to terms with being glammed up for Strictly Come Dancing. He’s more used to spending weeks without changing his clothes!
The rough and ready wildlife presenter has been groomed in readiness with fake tan and sequins, but said he is still finding it strange to be wearing fancy clothes.
The host of CBBC series Deadly 60 – in which he travels the world tracking down dangerous animals – said: “My wardrobe consists of army surplus gear and old PE kit and that’s how I live my life.
“I own one suit and a couple of shirts and that’s it. I spent my summer on an expedition in the Arctic and I didn’t even change my clothes for over a month – that’s where my wardrobe tends to lie. And here I am, sparkling and shining.”
Steve went on: “Every time I walk past a mirror or catch a glimpse of myself, I have to stop and do a double-take and think ‘what on earth are you wearing?’.”
He is up against figures such as Caroline Flack and Pixie Lott along with Andy Murray’s mum Judy and MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace when the BBC1 dance series begins on Sunday, September 7.
Steve, 41, said: “I am very competitive with myself but not with other people. I always want to do the very best that I can do but you can’t change anyone else’s performance so it’s a waste of time and energy to be thinking about what other people are doing.
“I will do the very best that I can do with my considerable limitations and as long as I do that, I’ll be very happy.”
And he hoped his strength from a martial arts background would be a help when it comes to the lifts in some of the routines.
“I would hope to do that stuff pretty well so that might well be a string that I have to my bow,” he added.