Speaking as the corporation unveiled the new line-up for the show, Sergeant, 64, said: “I’ve injured both my left and right foot – more injuries than I ever had when I was a war correspondent for the BBC. It’s a very tough assignment, and I think I am showing a lot of bravery.
“Every day I ask myself whether I was right to take the decision [to take part in the show] and I say, ‘Yes, I was’. I might even learn to dance.”
His professional dancing partner, Kristina Rihanoff, said she had no doubt that she could turn Sergeant, the oldest contestant in the show, into a salsa star.
“I’ve taught lots of people older than John and I am confident he will be absolutely fine. He’s been incredibly focused and is training very hard,” she said. “It’s not at all about age. You have to be very patient and slowly build confidence.”
Sergeant will take on the Olympic swimmer Mark Foster, singer Rachel Stevens, rugby player Austin Healey and Gary Rhodes, the celebrity chef, during the series, which starts on September 20.
Other celebrities taking part include the actors Don Warrington, Cherie Lunghi, Jessie Wallace, Gillian Taylforth, and the model Jodie Kidd.
Courtesy: Nicole Martin, telegraph.co.uk