Strictly Come Dancing contestant Susannah Constantine has said she was "in tears" after her first day of training and felt she had made a "terrible mistake" by signing up for the BBC show.

The What Not to Wear presenter, who has faced an online backlash over her pro-hunting views, shared her dancing woes in her Strictly diary for Radio Times

"On the first day, in among the wonderful pro-dancers and my youthful fellow contestants, I'd never felt so ungainly, uncoordinated and, yes... old," recounted Constantine, 56. 

"I was appalling. I looked and felt like a mad woman fleeing her burning home. I'd made a terrible mistake. That night I called my husband in tears."

Constantine and professional dance partner Anton du Beke are at the bottom of the leaderboard after receiving 12 points in the first live show of the new series, with judge Craig Revel Horwood only giving them a score of one.

Steps' Faye Tozer and Pussycat Dolls star Ashley Roberts are at the top of the leaderboard, having both scored 29 points out of 40.

The Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman-hosted show returns to BBC One on Saturday at 6:30pm, with the first elimination of the new series airing on Sunday at 7:15pm.

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