Susanna plans Strictly rehearsals behind the Breakfast sofa

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Susanna Reid has revealed she plans to rehearse for the show with BBC Breakfast co-presenter Bill Turnbull – behind their TV sofa.

Bill took part in the BBC1 show in 2005 while Susanna, 42, is competing this year against the likes of Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden, model Abbey Clancy and fashion designer Julien Macdonald.

She told the Radio Times: “After we’ve grilled the politicians, discussed the weather and reviewed the papers (on BBC Breakfast), I’m relying on Bill to help me out when I forget the foxtrot, with a few refresher lessons behind the Breakfast sofa. Hold on tight, it’s going to be bumpy ride.”

The mother-of-three, who presents Breakfast with Chris from Salford, added: “People ask: how will you fit in the training? Can I really practise the tango on the train?

“Can other commuters cope with a bit of salsa in the aisles? Will my boys be embarrassed as I cha-cha-cha round the kitchen? Will my partner mind if I waltz to and from the washing machine?

“This is all going to happen. Dancing is going to be on my mind in all the quiet moments.”

Susanna, who only told her children that she was going on the show days before her name was announced, admitted that rehearsals had not been going well.

She said: “I’d only been with my professional partner – Kevin Clifton, patience personified – for five minutes and I’d forgotten the three Latin steps he’d taught me, or even which foot to start off with.

“They speak a different language on Planet Strictly and I am struggling with the alphabet.

“Everyone here is a gorgeous shade of caramel and the false eyelashes are stored in holdalls as big as suitcases.”

Strictly premieres on BBC1 on Friday, September 27.