Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ruth Langsford joked she “looked like a baby elephant” as she leapt into her professional dance partner’s arms during the launch show.

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Ruth Langsford during the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 (PA)

Langsford, 57, discovered she will dance with Anton Du Beke during Saturday’s launch show of the BBC One series.

Following host Tess Daly’s announcement of their partnering, Langsford and Du Beke embraced – with Langsford enthusiastically throwing her legs around him.

She told ITV’s Loose Women: “And then I didn’t know how to get down. I looked like a baby elephant and then Bruno (Tonioli) went like this ‘Oohhh’.”

The This Morning presenter said her new partner was “such good fun, he’s a brilliant dancer and fantastic teacher”.

She had previously said she would “rub up next to anything I can” in a bid to make her husband Eamonn Holmes jealous.

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Davood Ghadami and Ruth Langsford at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 (PA)

“I hope so!”, she said when asked by the Loose Women panel if Holmes would be jealous seeing her dance with another man.

She also revealed Du Beke had recorded a short video clip for Holmes saying: “She’s mine now.”

She added: “I’ve talked on here (before), I’m a very jealous woman, I couldn’t stand it if he was rubbing up against one of those young dancers!”

The show’s presenter Daly broke into tears during Saturday night’s heart-wrenching tribute to late former host, Sir Bruce Forsyth.

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Claudia Winkleman (left) and Tess Daly during the return of the BBC One show Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

The other celebrity pairings announced were: JLS singer Aston Merrygold and Janette Manrara, Paralympian Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse, entertainer Brian Conley and Amy Dowden and EastEnders star Davood Ghadami and Nadiya Bychkova.

Holby City star Joe McFadden will partner Katya Jones, Rev Richard Coles and Dianne Buswell are a dance pairing, TV chef Simon Rimmer and Karen Clifton are a pair and singer Alexandra Burke and Gorka Marquez will be a dancing couple.

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Tess Daly, Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole during the return of the BBC One show, Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

Also paired together are: newsreader Charlotte Hawkins and Brendan Cole, actress Chizzy Akudolu and Pasha Kovalev, Debbie McGee and Giovanni Pernice, soap star Gemma Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec, The Saturdays’ Mollie King and AJ Pritchard and comedian Susan Calman and Kevin Clifton.

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Tess Daly, Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse during the return of the BBC One show, Strictly Come Dancing (BBC)

The competition will begin when Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC 1 in two weeks