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Talking Shop: Natasha Kaplinsky
Natasha Kaplinsky is best known for presenting BBC One's Six O'clock News and winning the first Strictly Come Dancing competition.

The 34-year-old is gearing up to present the BBC's New Year Live show for the third year running.

Here, she reveals her New Year resolutions and describes a live television interview which made her blush.


Why have you decided to present New Year Live again for the third year?

Natasha Kaplinsky
This is the third year Natasha has presented New Year Live

It's the most extraordinary party down at Somerset House and this year it's bigger and better than ever with more huge acts and some fantastic names.

The firework display is truly breathtaking and it's just an amazing way to see in a new year.

The whole atmosphere is just so exciting.

Who else will be there?

Jamelia is performing for us this year.

We've also got Connie Fisher and the children from the Sound of Music performing.

Sophie Ellis Bextor and The Feeling will be there and Nick Knowles is going to be down with the crowds on the Embankment.

Also BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood and Breakfast's sports presenter Chris Hollins have been learning how to ice skate with Team GB.

They're putting on a performance to raise money for Children in Need.

Do you still get nervous doing live television?

There's something about live television that adds a real edge to your performance.

I don't actually get nervous any more, but I get nervous when things go wrong. Then you haven't actually got time to get nervous, you just have to deal with it.

What are your New Year resolutions?

Natasha Kaplinsky
Natasha became Six O'Clock News co-presenter in October 2005

The usual - drink more water, stop eating so much chocolate, go to the gym.

I want to read more books, I always get caught up reading newspapers and magazines for information rather than enjoyment - I want to enjoy reading some more.

What have been the highs and lows of 2006 for you?

I am thrilled to bits to still be doing the Six O'Clock News and to incorporate that with things like Children in Need and the Royal Variety Show.

I've also just been filming Who Do You Think You Are?

That has been a massive insight into my family life, and that, I suppose, was both a professional and a personal high.

Lows? I don't know about that, I'll have to get back to you.

Can you think of an embarrassing moment which has happened to you on air?

It was probably the lowest moment of my interviewing career.

Breakfast had the bright idea of interviewing my Dad as he had been in Kenya when al-Qaeda threatened British Airways and flights had temporarily been cancelled from there.

Brendan Cole and Natasha Kaplinsky
Natasha was crowned the first winner of Strictly Come Dancing

Before I knew it I was reading an intro which said, 'I am joined now by a very special guest - my father'.

I essentially stuttered and stumbled my way through that interview, I was absolutely hopeless because I have never started an interview with Dad.

I just found it awfully awkward. I blushed and I couldn't get my sentences out.

What was more embarrassing was that for weeks afterwards I had members of the public telling me that my father was extremely sexy, which I found just unbearable.

New Year Live is on BBC One, Sunday at 11.30pm.

Natasha Kaplinsky talked to BBC News Entertainment reporter Fiona Pryor.


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