Strictly Come Dancing‘s Krishnan Guru-Murthy awoke bewildered when Greg Wise repeatedly tried to phone him.
The famed journalist, 53, will compete alongside Amanda Abbington, Layton Williams, and Angela Rippon on the BBC programme, which is slated to premiere on September 23.
Taking a break from Strictly training, the news journalist gave followers an update on his bank holiday Monday.
‘So I was trying to have a lie in because I’ve done two nights at Reading Festival at 2 and the kids got in at 3:30 last night so I haven’t had a lot of sleep,’ he began.
‘And I was doing the news, filming and I’ve got to do the news today.’
Revealing how things took a turn for the bizarre, he continued: ‘Then the phone started pinging and it was Greg Wise who had just discovered I was doing Strictly and I met Greg on Bake Off a couple of years ago and he started texting me a load of helpful advice.
‘So lie-in was over and I thought “I’ll just get up,” and I just got downstairs and turned on the telly and there was Greg Wise on the telly and a minute later he was being asked about Strictly and wasn’t talking about me, so it was all a bit disorientating for a Monday morning.’
Krishnan claimed that he had previously sworn off participating in Strictly, but that’something had changed this year.’
While his wife, Lisa, and 18-year-old daughter supported him in his new career, he joked that his son, 16, is ‘appalled.’
Krishnan, who cited 2020 winner Bill Bailey as an inspiration, follows in the footsteps of prominent journalists such as Natasha Kaplinksy, Susanna Reid, and Jeremy Vine.
In 2022, celebrity cameraman-turned-dancer Hamza Yassin and his professional partner Jowita Przystal won the long-running ballroom tournament.
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year.
Source My Celebrity Life.