Strictlys Helen Skelton in frosty exchange with Craig Revel Horwood

Helen Skelton dished out some "fighting talk" during her first Strictly Come Dancing appearance in a frosty exchange with judge Craig Revel Horwood.

The mum-of-three, 39, who presents Countryfile and previously hosted Blue Peter, said she was not afraid of Craig's "tantrums".

It led Strictly host Tess Daly to joke: " Blue Peter presenters, they face some pretty terrifying challenges," adding: "Tomorrow night, you'll face Craig Revel Horwood with paddles, how do you feel about that?"

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Helen responded with: "Well I've got three little kids, so I don't think there's any tantrum you could throw at me that I haven't seen."

Tess said: "Oh, well said, Helen. Fighting talk, Craig." The presenter then turned to the judge, who appeared unimpressed, and said: "Just look at that face."

Helen grinned and asked: "Am I going to regret that?" The camera later showed Craig smiling at Helen to signal that their little exchange had all been in good fun.

Helen was introduced to the audience during the launch show of the popular BBC programme alongside her dancing partner Gorka Márquez and is already being tipped to win this year's glitterball trophy.

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Before it was revealed who the Yorkshire lass would be dancing with, host Tess Daly asked what she was looking for in a partner.

Helen said it would have to be someone fun and patient, who was good with kids and dogs and understood a Northern accent.

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