The 48-year-old presenter is an avid viewer of the BBC dancing competition, having appeared as a “Strictly super-fan” on spin-off show It Takes Two.
However, Mel explained in an interview with Radio Times that she had turned down the opportunity to take part as a contestant.
“I was asked and I said no,” Mel told the publication. “l love watching it so much I almost didn’t want to spoil the pleasure by being on it.”
Mel Giedroyc said if she appeared on Strictly Come Dancing she'd like to be like Ann Widdecombe
Mel is a Strictly super-fan but admitted she had turned down an offer to appear on the show
I said no
She added: “It’s tricky for a woman moving into middle age. You’re not the comedy old bag yet, which would be the joy of going on Strictly.
“If I did it, I’d want to be Ann Widdecombe. I’d want to be out there getting the laughs, being dragged around.”
Mel said the dancing competition had been a "lifeline" during the Great British Bake Off furore
Strictly Come Dancing live tour
Fri, January 20, 2017
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Daisy Lowe and Louise Redknapp put their dancing shoes back on yesterday and dazzled in boob-baring dresses at the Strictly Come Dancing live tour photocall.
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The Strictly Come Dancing live tour
Mel also admitted that Strictly had been an “escape” for her last year during the media furore surrounding the Great British Bake Off’s move to Channel 4.
She explained: “The world is such a blooming topsy-turvy, fragile, bleak place.
“Last year Strictly was a lifeline for me – an escape into the sequins and feathers and nonsense…”
Let It Shine continues next Saturday at 7pm on BBC One.