Fern Britton has revealed she cleared her schedule to take part in Strictly Come Dancing this year.
The former This Morning presenter explained during the show's launch on Wednesday night that she had been asked in the past but was too busy.
"I've watched every episode. I'm a big fan," she said.
"I've been asked before. I've always been tempted but I've always had things to do and I couldn't commit to the time.
"And now I deliberately cleared the autumn this year hoping I'd get the phone call again, because you can't apply you have to be invited.
"And oh, thank God, they rang. So I was very lucky."
Fern has previously appeared on the Strictly Christmas special, and admitted that she was left in tears after her three weeks of training was complete.
She said: "I only did it for three weeks and I was bereft, beside myself, I actually did cry in the kitchen. It was quite sad."
Strictly Come Dancing 2012 kicks off Saturday night at 6:30PM on BBC One.