Louise Minchin’s husband lifts her ‘lifetime ban’ to do Strictly after BBC Breakfast exit

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Louise Minchin, 52, has often joked that her family wouldn’t allow her to do the show, but has now revealed this is not the case following her upcoming departure on BBC Breakfast. The presenter made her admission after co-star Carol Kirkwood, 59, discussed her time on Strictly Come Dancing with Pasha Kovalev in 2015.

The weather presenter said of her experience: “Strictly was amazing, it’s one of those programmes that I will never regret or forget doing.”

She went on to point out that while the routines were only 90 seconds long, it would take just one missed step to ruin the whole performance. 

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Despite this, she added: “You just think, look, I’m not going to be a professional dancer, it’s not going to change my career or my life, just enjoy it.

“And, I did, it was good fun.”

READ MORE: Steph McGovern returning to morning TV after quitting BBC Breakfast

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Following her recollection of Strictly, BBC Triathlon presenter Annie Emmerson said: “I still think there is a place for Lou on that show!”

Louise has always ruled out signing up to the show as she joked she was on a “lifetime ban”.

Annie said: “If you don’t want to do it, then that’s fine.

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“But, if you’re not doing it because your family said you can’t, that’s not a good reason in my eyes.”

Speaking on Her Spirit podcast, Annie went on to point out that Louise will have more time on her hands once she has left BBC Breakfast.

But having none of it, Louise added: “Listen, I would much prefer swimming behind you in a really cold lake than doing those 90 seconds that Carol has just described to us.”

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The mother-of-two’s BBC co-star went on to say she believes she’d be brilliant on the show because she has “rhythm”.

Disagreeing, she replied: “I’d be terrible!”

As Carol and Annie continued to compliment her, she laughed: “Stop it!”

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“Another reason I used to say why I was saying no was because Darcey [Bussell] is one of my best friends, so obviously I couldn’t go on when she was a judge.

“But then, Oti [Mabuse] is judged by her sister [Motsi Mabuse].”

Moving on from the topic, Louise swiftly turned the conversation back onto Carol.

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Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.

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