Gloria has been a stalwart of British broadcasting throughout her career, with such accolades as being the first woman to be given her own daily show on Radio 2, the first woman to host her own chat show, and her daytime magazine show "Open House" gave Channel 5 its highest ever ratings. In 2004, Gloria's daughter, television presenter Caron Keating, died from breast cancer, and after a difficult 18 months, Gloria decided to appear in Strictly Come Dancing, as a way to do something for herself, get fitter and have lots of fun along the way.

Dancing in series three of Stricty Come Dancing, Gloria was partnered with returning champion professional dancer Darren Bennett. Their first dance was the Waltz which suited Gloria, and they scored a very respectable 22 points from the judges. Concerned that Gloria didn't want to embarrass herself in the normally sexy Rumba, Darren choroegraphed a safe routine, but it was a step backwards for the judges, and they scored only 17 points. The Jive in week three could have been a better dance for Gloria, and she certainly enjoyed it, but technique let her down and the public decided it was time for her to leave the competition, finishing tenth out of twelve couples.


Strictly Come Dancing

Week Dance Song Judges scores Total
1 Waltz Lady 4 5 7 6 22
2 Rumba Holding Back The Years 2 4 5 6 17
3 Jive Build Me Up Buttercup 3 4 6 6 19