Clare Balding 'glams up' for prime time

Clare Balding

Clare Balding

Clare Balding may best be known for presenting sports events on TV, but for her debut as a Saturday night entertainment host, she reveals she is going to have to 'glam up'.

Clare Balding has to "glam up" for her new prime time TV show.

The sports presenter - who won much acclaim for her coverage of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games - is to front BBC One's new Saturday night game show 'Britain's Brightest', but admits she's nervous about taking on a role that people aren't used to seeing her in.

Speaking to Radio Times magazine, she said: "I'm putting myself into a different genre. I'm therefore saying to the public, 'Can you accept me in a completely different format?' And that is risky.

"And obviously because it's Saturday night, I've got to glam up a bit - there will be a few people who go, 'Oh, I don't like what she's wearing.' "

Although the 41-year-old broadcaster is branching out by hosting an entertainment programme, she has no immediate plans for her own talk show, even though interview skills have won her plaudits.

She said: "I don't know whether a chat show isn't pushing it too far."

After the praise for her work during the Olympics last summer, Clare is now ambitious to do more on TV and she thinks she needs to push herself to stay on top of her game.

She explained: "I think 'ambitious' is one of those adjectives used for women in a derogatory way - and, yet, I think ambition is crucial in life. You have to know what you might be capable of and push yourself slightly beyond it."


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