Fern Britton admits rows with husband Phil Vickery over her Strictly Come Dancing spray tans


'We didn't speak for four days!' Fern Britton admits rows with husband Phil over her Strictly Come Dancing spray tans

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15:06 GMT, 25 September 2012

It's one of the staple ingredients when it comes to a Strictly Come Dancing success story, along with sequins and lycra.

But Fern Britton has admitted that her use of spray tan for the BBC show has led to more than a few rows with her husband, Phil Vickery,

The 55-year-old star told the Radio Times that This Morning chef Phil didn't speak to her for four days when she first tried out a spray tan ahead of her performance on the Strictly Christmas special back in 2010.

'We didn't speak for four days!' Strictly Come Dancing's Fern Britton has revealed her use of fake tan for the show has led to a few rows with her husband Phil Vickery

'We didn't speak for four days!' Strictly Come Dancing's Fern Britton has revealed her use of fake tan for the show has led to a few rows with her husband Phil Vickery

Sensitive: Fern said Phil's chef nose led to his complaints about the fake tan

Sensitive: Fern said Phil's chef nose led to his complaints about the fake tan

Fern, who met her second husband Vickery on Ready Steady Cook, said: 'The biggest row my husband Phil and I had
was when I first put fake tan on.

'Being a chef he is very sensitive to
smells and he can’t stand it.

'We didn’t speak for four days. I have
convinced him it’s an essential part of the Strictly experience and he
will be sleeping in the spare room on spray-tan days.'

Fern, who is competing against the likes of Olympic stars Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen on the new series of the BBC1 show, added that she has now embraced Strictly’s glamorous wardrobe, as well as the spray tan.

She said: 'Whenever anyone is worried they are
going over the top with the costumes, hair, make-up or glitter, the line
is – “Of course not, this is Strictly!”

In action: Fern with her Strictly dance partner Artem Chigvinstev

In action: Fern with her Strictly dance partner Artem Chigvinstev

Getting bronzed: Fern as she usually looks (left) and after having a tan ahead of Strictly

Getting bronzed: Fern as she usually looks (left) and after having a tan ahead of Strictly

Getting bronzed: Fern as she usually looks (left) and after having a tan ahead of Strictly

The full feature appears in this week's Radio Times

The full feature appears in this week's Radio Times

'I won’t be going too
skimpy to start with, but I could be worn down to a size zero after a
week, in which case the costumes might get shorter.'

Fern said of competing on the BBC1 show: 'I have wanted to do it for a long time but something has always come up.

'So this year I cleared my diary for the whole of autumn in the hope I would get the call again!'

Her professional dance partner Artem
Chigvintsev told the magazine: 'She is smart and intelligent so the key
is to use that and have clever concepts and ideas behind every dance.'

Meanwhile, Johnny Ball, Strictly’s oldest contestant at 74, said he would not be happy if he got the sympathy vote.

He said: 'I want to dance – I don’t want to be voted for out of sympathy, or because I am making a fool of myself.

'Last year I bopped all night long at my son’s wedding with girls in their 20s, so I know I have the moves and the stamina.'

The full interview with Fern appears in this week's Radio Times magazine, out now.